CORONAVIRUS: Governor, Health Officer pleased with new federal push on COVID-19 response Featured

Governor Laura Kelly begins her weekly coronavirus news conference Thursday as Health Officer Lee Norman observes the proceedings. Governor Laura Kelly begins her weekly coronavirus news conference Thursday as Health Officer Lee Norman observes the proceedings. Office of the Kansas Governor screenshot

Governor Laura Kelly spent much of her weekly news conference Thursday discussing the state's push into Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination effort.


Both Kelly and Kansas Health Officer Lee Norman say they are pleased with recent action by new President Joe Biden, signaling a more active approach by the federal government than was evident under former president Donald Trump. Kelly's response:

That was borne out by a flurry of executive actions this week as Biden plans to get 50 million Americans fully vaccinated over the next three and a half months. Biden's plans include accelerating manufacturing and delivery of supplies for testing, testing and PPE; directing FEMA to create federally-supported community vaccination centers; enhancing data collection; and other steps.

Having said that, Norman says the federal distribution has kept up with what the government has -- but those numbers are well below what's needed to get everybody vaccinated in short order.



Biden's full plan is online at www.whitehouse.gov. Click here for the full response plan. Kansas residents can keep track of the statewide vaccination effort by going online to www.kansasvaccine.gov

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