Uber calls on US CDC to consider hail leaders in distributing COVID-19 vaccine


Uber Technologies Inc. on Thursday asked the U.S. Center for Disease Prevention and Control to designate hail and transportation managers as non-health workers eligible to distribute early COVID-19 vaccines.

In a letter to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the company said its drivers provided critical transportation for key workers and allowed others to stay home and order food.

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“Early access to the vaccine would help drivers and delivery people continue to play a vital role, while reducing the risk of accidental infection or possible spread of the virus,” said Danielle, Uber’s chief of federal affairs. signed. Burr.

The letter is about several industry groups, including food production, agriculture, consumer goods and the truck industry, asking officials to prioritize their workers for early vaccine distribution.

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U.S. government officials said up to 20 million people could be vaccinated by the end of 2020, but it should be held until mid-2021 until most Americans have access to effective vaccination.

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The CDC’s advisory committee is making recommendations on who should be given priority for dissemination, and on Tuesday said medical staff and residents of long-term care facilities should receive the vaccine first.

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In August, a U.S. government agency added hail, taxis, transportation and car rental services to its list of critical infrastructure workers, which included more than 300 other job categories.

(Report by Tina Bellon in New York; edited by Himani Sarkar and Gerry Doyle)