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In a video message played at today’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board meeting, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, encouraged MTA employees to get the CoViD-19 vaccine when it becomes available to protect themselves and those around them during the pandemic.

In the two-minute message, the former New York City Subway commuter speaks directly to the Authority’s heroic frontline employees, explaining that the vaccine is safe and the best way to fight back against the CoViD-19 pandemic.

MTA employees have kept New York City moving during the pandemic as essential workers and heroes – and are at the front of the line to receive a vaccine as Dr. Fauci details in his message.

The national health expert also speaks to the special place the MTA has in his heart from his teenage years, describing in detail his commute by subway from Brooklyn to Regis High School in Manhattan on the Upper East Side.

“I can relate warmly to you folks who played an important role in my younger days as a New Yorker and so since I care about you all, I strongly encourage all MTA workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus,” Dr. Fauci says in the video. “This pandemic has taken so much from us and vaccination is the best way for us to fight back and help restore our lives. The U.S.-authorized coronavirus…

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Today, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer released Fair Shot NYC, a vaccine equity plan to ensure that New Yorkers across backgrounds, income-levels, occupations and age groups have equitable access to vaccines as the City ramps up distribution. Comptroller Stringer’s Fair Shot NYC plan includes recommendations for more transparency and outreach to increase access for communities of color, lower-income neighborhoods, and immigrant New Yorkers.

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You should know that before the end of the year 2020, President Trump has dressed himself like Santa Claus to bring some relief to the American people by increasing funds from $600 to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for couples. This will help alleviate the economic struggle caused by CoViD-19.

As you know my dear reader, CoViD-19 has caused the loss of lives, jobs, and separation from love ones, families and friends. This pandemic has caused much pain and devastation. Tragically many have been prohibited from being at the bedside of their loved ones at the time of their departure from this life. Adding salt to their wounds many have been unable to give their loved ones a proper burial. 

CoViD-19, or The Chinese Virus, has not only destroyed and impacted countless American lives in the United States, but tragically it has impacted the entire globe, all nations and their peoples.

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