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Health Officials Worry About How States Will Pay For A COVID-19 Vaccine

Published: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 12:40pm
Updated: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 2:10pm
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The Arizona Department of Health Services recorded another 2,135 new cases of COVID-19 Nov. 5 — that’s the most new cases reported in one day since July. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Arizona to nearly 253,000. The state also reported 28 additional COVID-related deaths, meaning that so far 6,087 Arizonans have died from the virus.

Companies across the globe are working on potential vaccines for COVID-19, and states recently had to submit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention their plans for ordering, storage and handling of a vaccine.

While the efficacy of the vaccine will clearly be a top concern, so too will the cost of getting it to residents.

State health officials are sounding the alarm on that front, saying even though states have plans for how to do that, they do not have a way to pay for it.

Jim Blumenstock is senior vice president for Pandemic Response and Recovery at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. The Show spoke with him for about how much it might actually cost to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.

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