The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color in Michigan. African Americans represent nearly 14 percent of the state’s population, yet they represent 40 percent of the deaths from coronavirus.
The task force was created per Executive Order 2020-55 and will act in an advisory capacity to the Governor. It will study the causes of racial disparities and recommend actions to address the historical and systemic inequities.
On Sunday the majority of 21 shipments of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine were spoiled en route to Michigan, likely delaying the state’s vaccination efforts this week, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.
“We are committed to accelerating vaccine delivery as we work to reach our goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders over age 16 as quickly as possible with the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, said in a statement.
“Although it is unfortunate that this vaccine will not be able to be used, we are pleased that the safeguards put into place to ensure the integrity of the vaccine worked.
This is the first report of vaccine potentially being compromised during shipment in Michigan and we are working quickly with the distributor to have replacement vaccine shipped out.”
Almost 12,000 doses were resent on Monday night, the state said, with the rest shipped Tuesday. An additional six shipments were held back to ensure against temperature issues, which may delay vaccinations at an additional six vaccine sites this week, Michigan Health and Human Services said in the release.
Nearly 1.05 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna have been distributed in Michigan since last month, but less than half that figure has been administered to patients.
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CVS has begun to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at 1,000 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities across Michigan, covering an estimated