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Retired doctors and more syringes: Biden lays out plan to get America vaccinated

President-elect Joe Biden proposes injecting $1.9 trillion into the US economy when he takes office next week during remarks in Wilmington, Delaware on January 14, 2021.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden in Wilmington, Delaware on Jan. 14, 2021. Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said he would order increased production of syringes and other supplies to ramp up vaccinations against COVID-19 and improve upon the Trump administration rollout that he called a “dismal failure.”

Under Biden’s plan, federal disaster-relief workers would set up thousands of vaccination centers, where retired doctors would administer shots to teachers, grocery store workers, people over 65 years old and other groups who do not currently qualify.

The Democrat would invoke the Defense Production Act to increase production of equipment needed to distribute the vaccines, such as glass vials, needles and syringes, according to a document released by his transition team. He would also use the law to support vaccine refrigeration and storage.

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Canada’s slow vaccine delivery sends its snowbirds to Florida to get their doses

A medical worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Kathy Veltman in Plant City, Florida on Jan. 13, 2021. Photo by Octavio Jones /Reuters

Canada’s health-care system, long a source of national pride for being more equitable than the U.S., has struggled so hard to deliver COVID vaccines that some of its citizens are heading to Florida to get their jab.

At Century Village East, a retirement community in Deerfield Beach packed with Canadian residents, medics vaccinated 4,000 people over eight days this month.

Therese Gagnon, a retired school teacher from Quebec, and her husband got theirs Thursday morning in Fort Lauderdale. Like other Canadians, she took advantage of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s policy of vaccinating anyone 65 or older — regardless of their nationality or where they live.

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