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Whitmer: Planning underway for vaccine distribution

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer acknowledged today that it’s becoming more difficult to get people to follow mask, distance, and gathering guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19. That’s as her top health advisor warned that a new wave of infections is likely following Thanksgiving gatherings.

It will likely be two or three weeks before we see how Thanksgiving gatherings affected COVID numbers. The governor asked people to curtail plans for Christmas and New Year gatherings. She did not rule out new restrictions if COVID infections take a dramatic turn for the worse.
Alongside the plea for sacrifice, Whitmer struck an optimistic note looking ahead to 2021.

“And the good news is there is hope on the horizon. There is truly significant progress being made in the realm of vaccine development.”

Whitmer said frontline health care workers will be first in line if one or both of the most-promising vaccines go into production.
The governor also reiterated her call on the Legislature’s GOP leaders to agree to a 100-million dollar state COVID response bill in the absence of more federal assistance.