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Sen. Klobuchar urges CDC, Dept. of Health to make vaccine plan for rural areas

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke with WDAY News on the issues that will be faced to get the COVID-19 vaccine to rural Minnesota.

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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is seen at a Sept. 2, 2020, event in Alexandria, Minn. (Al Edenloff / Forum News Service)
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MINNESOTA — Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is urging healthcare leaders in Washington, D.C. to come up with a detailed vaccine plan for rural areas. She is focusing on the CDC and Department of Health, calling on them to figure out how to properly send, distribute and store the soon to be used vaccines in December.

She said many smaller cities will need help getting the equipment necessary to maintain the vaccines.

"One of them requires a 100 degree below zero freezer, and it costs like 10,000 bucks," Senator Klobuchar said. "But I don't think you're going to be able to have small communities like Hawley be able to buy those freezers. So that money has to come out of Washington."

She is also confident the $908 billion stimulus bill drafted by the house this week will move through and help small businesses.

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"We see it as on us to get this done. I think we'll get something through the house, but it's on the senate to negotiate this and I think those members will be pushing Mitch McConnell to get a vote on our package, on the bi-partisan package," Senator Klobuchar said.

She says she will not return to Minnesota from D.C. until a proper vaccine plan is in place for the state.

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