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    Michigan county, state, federal leaders discuss COVID-19 response

    Wayne County Commissioner Sam Baydoun hosted a COVID-19 town hall bringing leaders at the county, state and federal levels to talk about the latest developments.

    “Vaccines are on the way. (Next year) 2021 is going to be a much better year. All we have to do now is hunker down, wear our masks keep, our distance and then good things are coming,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun.

    Khaldun, who serves as the state’s chief medical officer, said if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the Pfizer vaccine, she expects to have doses by mid-to-late December that would first go to medical front line workers. Prepping for a vaccine rollout is being done at the county and state level.


    Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said they are in position to accommodate Pfizer vaccine, which requires special freezers.

    “Trust us, we will be ahead of that,” Evans said.

    With Michigan being in what the governor calls a three-week pause — forcing the closure of indoor dining at restaurants, among other industries — the discussion of more federal stimulus remains. Rep. Debbie Dingell said that nothing is certain.

    “Quite frankly, President-elect Joe Biden has spoken to both Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and said we can’t wait until January 20,” Dingell said. “We need to do something now. State and local governments are also desperate for aid.”



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