Maryland, Virginia contribute vaccine doses to Washington, DC – The Associated Press

18December 2020

WASHINGTON (AP)– Officials in the District of Columbia are accustomed to being short-changed in various methods.

There's the enduring problem of D.C.'s mission for statehood and proper representation in Congress. And when the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan was gone by Congress in March, Washington, D.C., was categorized as an area– a difference that cost it $700 million in funding.

But when the current shortage hit the regional allocation of brand-new COVID-19 vaccine doses, Washington's neighboring states pitched in to help make up the distinction. In a heartening demonstration of interstate collectivism, Maryland and Virginia are each sending out 8,000 vaccine doses, more than tripling the quantity offered for health care workers in the nation's capital.

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D.C. health officials have actually grumbled for weeks that the preliminary allocation formula followed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered Washington with simply under 7,000 doses– less than one-tenth of what would be needed for local healthcare employees.

The dosage allocations were based upon population, but a number of Washington's health care workers reside in the linked surrounding neighborhoods of Maryland and northern Virginia. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had actually sent out a letter to U.S. health authorities declaring the “one-size-fits-all formula for circulation” would prove “woefully insufficient.”

Govs. Larry Hogan of Maryland and Ralph Northam of Virginia obviously concurred, and each state will send out 8,000 vaccine dosages to D.C.

“Thousands of nurses and doctors reside in northern Virginia but operate in the District– and they are worthy of equal access to the vaccine,” Northam stated. “It's the right thing to do for Virginians and for our region.”

The contributions are just the latest indicator of the close casual partnership Bowser, Northam and Hogan have pursued for the DMV area given that the early days of the pandemic.

The trio have actually coordinated frequently on infection restrictions and rollbacks, though Washington has regularly stayed more cautious than its neighbors on its reopening restrictions. Sometimes, the two governors have actually permitted the counties closest to Washington to pursue their own infection shutdown policies closer to those of the capital.

None of the three jurisdictions will get anywhere close to adequate doses in the first batch to cover all their health care workers. And some states are already receiving word that upcoming vaccine deliveries will be smaller sized than initially promised.

Virginia's Department of Health announced Friday that its overall expected dose shipment for December had actually been cut from 480,000 dosages to 370,650.

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Associated Press writers Brian Witte and Alan Suderman contributed to this report.Source: apnews.com

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