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Senate OKs $2B in virus aid, targets vaccine distribution

Republicans who control the Michigan Senate have moved to stop the state from distributing additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to more vulnerable communities, saying race and socioeconomic status should not be factors.

Democrats say the provision, included in a $2 billion coronavirus relief funding plan approved Thursday, is "unconscionable."

The state health department is adjusting populated-based allocations of doses with a "social vulnerability index" multiplier - which includes indicators such as poverty, unemployment, minority status, lack of transportation and crowded housing.

The $2 billion funding legislation was sent to the Republican-controlled House.