FEMA asks the Pentagon to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine to meet Joe Biden’s goal of 1.5 million shots a day

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  • Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Thursday it had received a request from FEMA to assist with getting shots in the arms of Americans 
  • He said it is evaluating the request to see what ‘kinds of support it can provide’ 
  • Kirby said that ‘given the significance of the request it will be reviewed urgently but carefully’ to determine what military assets can be safely made available 
  • The Pentagon did not go into detail on how many troops could be involved
  • Kirby said later that it will likely involve a mix of active-duty National Guard and reserve troops performing ‘a variety of coronavirus related tasks’
  • White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said the plan is for the Pentagon to provide 10,000 troops and help open up 100 vaccination centers nationwide
  • President Biden has vowed to embark on a ‘full scale war-time effort’ to beat the pandemic that has so far…

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