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H.R. 1452: To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish the formula the Secretary uses to determine the allocation of COVID-19 vaccines, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 1, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Are Texas and other fast-growing states getting shortchanged on vaccines based on outdated population numbers?

Context

The federal government allocates COVID-19 vaccines to the states using a pro rata formula, based on each state’s adult population as of 2018. By using numbers from three years ago, though, the fastest-growing states since then are likely getting shortchanged.

Houston Chronicle analysis in mid-March, comparing each state’s population of adults older than 18 and comparing that to the cumulative number of doses allocated to all 50 states and Washington, D.C., estimated Texas had been shortchanged about 83,000 doses at that time. (Although Imelda Garcia, the head of Texas’s Expert Vaccine Allocation …


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1452

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 1, 2021

(for himself, Ms. Granger, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Jackson, and Mr. Weber of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish the formula the Secretary uses to determine the allocation of COVID–19 vaccines, and for other purposes.

1.

Publication of vaccine distribution formula

The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall—

(1)

publish the formula the Secretary uses to determine the allocation of COVID–19 vaccines to States, localities, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and other Federal agencies, as appropriate; and

(2)

in publishing such formula, include the sources of data used for determining such formula.