Senate approves Zorn COVID-19 vaccine resolution

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a resolution from Sen. Dale Zorn urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prioritize Michigan as one of the first states to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on our state and nation. It has caused a devastating loss of life and has struck a blow to our communities, businesses and economy,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The development of an effective vaccine is a beacon of hope that offers the possibility of returning to a world free from the concern that a simple gathering of family and friends will spread the deadly virus.”

Senate Resolution 153 says that last month “the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, along with its partner BioNTech, announced their COVID-19 vaccine, which was found to be 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 in Phase 3 clinical trials.”

It also highlights that “Pfizer’s largest manufacturing site in the world is located in Portage, employing an estimated 2,200 Michigan residents. Every year, the PGS Kalamazoo facility in Portage produces 1,200 metric tons of active pharmaceutical ingredients and ships 140 million units of life-saving medicines.”

Zorn said, “Considering that the people of Michigan will play an integral role in producing this vaccine for the entire country and the drastic numbers of cases and hospitalizations we have seen recently in our state, it is both reasonable and responsible that the CDC prioritize Michigan in the distribution of the first COVID-19 vaccine.”

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Photo caption: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, highlights Senate Resolution 153 urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prioritize Michigan as one of the first states to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Zorn said it’s reasonable and responsible to prioritize Michigan for the vaccine considering the integral role the state will play in producing it and the drastic number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan.