Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Grants Urged as Cases Surge

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York While Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering how New York State will deploy Covid-19 vaccines with historic deficits, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is pressing the federal for $30 billion to fund those efforts.Schumer believes New York alone will require “hundreds of millions” in funding will be needed to freely distribute the vaccine, educate the public, hire health workers and establish clinics as multiple vaccines are expected to be fast-tracked by the Federal Drug Administration.“With a Covid-19 vaccine waiting in the wings, federal dollars need to follow if we are going to get this right and overcome this pandemic,” Schumer said in a Sunday statement. “States like New York will need funding to make sure the resources required once the vaccine is made available are both in place and in progress. New York will require hundreds-of-millions of dollars to hire health workers, establish clinics, including possible mobile ones, and make sure that we have boots on the ground engaging with people in communities, particularly those that often struggle with access to healthcare — and that is going to cost money.”Cuomo, meanwhile, is more preoccupied by what the state expects to be a winter surge in cases which the administration anticipates will only calm after the holidays are are over, the governor did express some additional concern for distribution of the vaccine.“After New Years Day, look a week or ten days afterward and hopefully the social activity slows at that point and the infection rate starts to level off. And then you get to a vaccine, which is the answer ultimately,” Cuomo said. “You have to have a discussion about how quickly you can distributed it and how quickly, and what’s the critical mass point of the vaccine. But that is months away by every professional estimate.”Within the $2.2 trillion HEROES Act, which passed the House of Representatives in May before being blocked in the U.S. Senate by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is the funding for cities and states to organize vaccination efforts.According to Schumer, he and President-elect Joe Biden have been in discussions to plan new bills through a lame duck session to provide another stimulus to Americans, something unseen since the CARES Act in March, that would include grants for localities to vaccinate the populace.This story first appeared on amny.comFor more coronavirus coverage, visit up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

Family First call for investigation into censor’s decision over teen novel

first_imgStuff 27 September 2015A conservative lobby group is calling for the country’s book censor to be investigated for removing a teen novel’s R14 rating.Family First made the request in a submission arguing for a permanent age restriction on award-winning novel Into the River.Director Bob McCoskrie said the deputy chief censor’s “highly politicised” decision to remove the book’s restriction in August was illegal.“Parents and families need to have a level of trust and confidence in what the censorship board decides.”Into the River sparked a row over censorship as the Film and Literature Board of Review and Classification Office debate its classification.However, McCoskrie said the office never had a legal right to remove the R14 rating and it should have been decided by a High Court judge.A final decision on the book’s classification is due to be made on October 2 when the Film and Literature Board of Review meet. seeks R14 rating for banned book Into The RiverNZ Herald 27 September 2015The lobby group that sparked a firestorm over the banning of Ted Dawes’ book Into the River says it will apply to have an R14 rating slapped on the novel.Family First today said it also asked for the deputy chief censor’s decision to remove the book’s previous classification to be investigated.The censor placed an interim ban on the book, the first such ban in New Zealand in 22 years, until a final decision was made, possibly at the end of this month.“Contrary to continued media commentary, Family First did not ask for the book to be banned,” Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said.“But we also do not believe the book should be freely available to 9-year-olds, for example, as determined by the deputy chief censor.”Mr McCoskrie said the book previously had an R14 restriction on it for two years.“Where was the furore then? There was none. It was an appropriate classification.”Family First said it wanted the deputy chief censor investigated.“The deputy chief censor, under pressure from special interest groups, has rejected the subsequent and higher ruling of the Board of Review regarding this book. We believe this to be at variance with the requirements of the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993. The decision of the Board of Review was robust,” Mr McCoskrie added in a statement today. read more