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Biden administration targeting rural communities with funding for vaccine education and outreach, beefing up testing | CNN Politics

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Biden administration is taking additional steps to stem the spread of Covid-19 with additional resources aimed particularly at helping rural communities slow the spread and vaccinate more people as cases rise nationwide, White House Covid-19 senior adviser Jeff Zients announced Thursday.

“Today we are announcing that we are sending $100 million to rural health clinics to support vaccine education and outreach efforts in these communities where we are generally seeing low vaccine uptake,” Zients said at Thursday’s Covid-19 response team briefing.

That funding, which comes from the Covid relief package passed earlier this year, is expected to provide nearly 2,000 rural health clinics with “the resources they need to better reach unvaccinated Americans in their communities with information about Covid-19 and the vaccines,” he said.

The administration, Zients said, remains “concerned” with rising cases among unvaccinated individuals, but he outlined how the US is “in a very different situation than we were earlier this year. ”

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