Alexander: 40,000 Tennesseans could receive COVID-19 vaccine in December

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Maryville) speaks at a Tennessee Titans event in Nashville on Dec. 13, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the Senate Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions Committee, says Tennessee is in line to receive enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate 40,000 people in December.

Alexander tells The Tennessee Journal he received a briefing from Moncef Slaoui, the head of the federal government’s coronavirus vaccine efforts, who said Tennessee could then receive enough doses for 50,000 people in the following month, and more beyond that. Slaoui told Alexander the majority of Americans could be vaccinated by the summer.

“It’s a spectacular achievement, which the president should be taking credit for — in a way that convinces people,” Alexander said. But the ongoing dispute over the presidential election results could hamper the rollout of the vaccine, he said.

“You don’t want to lose a day or an hour getting those 40,000 doses to Tennesseans because the transition was sloppy,” Alexander said.

Alexander expanded on his comments last week that Trump should be allowed to examine any claims of impropriety in the election results, noting that it took Democrat Al Gore 37 days to concede in 2000. But Alexander said there’s a limit to the strategies Trump should pursue in his effort to turn the tide against Democrat Joe Biden.

“There’s a right way to contest the election — others have done it — and there’s a wrong way. And the wrong way is this business of trying to get state legislators to send a substitute slate of electors,” Alexander said. “That really crosses the line.”

41 Responses to Alexander: 40,000 Tennesseans could receive COVID-19 vaccine in December

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    karen bracken says:

    This is one Tennessean that WILL NOT be taking a rushed to market vaccine in which NO ONE knows the long term effects. COVID has a 99.7% survivability rate so this ends up being more about money than health. This is an MRNA vaccine that changes your DNA FOREVER and you cannot get it out if bad things happen. MRNA vaccines have never been brought to market before because of issues. Just ask the dead lab animals. Eat right, exercise in the fresh air and sun.

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    Gary Hensley says:

    You have the constitutional right to be stupid.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    This man is a HERO and he is delivering MERCY!!!!

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    Christina says:

    Alexander needs to be even more outspoken on the need for President Trump to get moving on the Presidential transition. The delay is hurting our country.

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    steve cates says:

    Alexander is not, nor has ever been, “a hero”!!! lol lol lol I am looking forward to getting the vaccine, despite the fact that a republican office holder in my county has said that it will contain “nano particles” that will track me. I hope that it DOES track me so that if I get lost I can be quickly found!!

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    Without Biden’s win this likely would not have met emergency approval from the FDA to send to seniors and other high risk individuals. I am thankful President Dump did not mouth off to the FDA and stop this!!

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Sidney Powell has just been jettisoned by the Trump legal team. Things are slowly but surely working themselves out so that we move to the transition of administrations. Trump exhausts his legal rights with the support of Republicans, Sane Trumpidians are satisfied enough to remain a politically potent force within the Republican Party. Republicans prepare to retake congress in 2022 as a unified party. Our Founding Fathers gave us a wonderful system of government so we should just relax and not allow the media to needlessly stir us up just so they get ratings.

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      MARLE says:

      Stirring folks up to get ratings is ALL media on both sides does anymore. Evening political cable and talk radio EXIST to “sell soap”, not deliver news or facts or to be informative. They are there to satisfy the largest audience they can pander to for Ratings which drive advertising which sells soap which yields profits.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Of course I would exclude the only media personality I religiously listen to, the great Tucker Carlson (FOX News, 7 PM CST). Most recently he challenged Sidney Powell to come on the air and be subjected to hard questioning which, of course, she declined to do in which case so he expressed great skepticism as to the veracity of her wild conspiracy theories.

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          MARLE says:

          So he gets a heads-up that she’s losing favor with Trump and Tucker jumps out front to lead the “she’s a nut” parade. If Trump hadn’t publicly turned on her Tucker would still be singing her praises. He just got tipped off before Trump threw her under the bus for all the world to see.

          He’s a soap seller just like the rest of them; he’s simply got enough finesse to fool almost all of the people, including you, all of the time.

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            MARLE says:

            Trump loves him. Has said so many times. I am sure he has “sources” in the WH as all at that level of media do. Maybe I gave you too much credit. Maybe it doesn’t take all that much finesse to fool you.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Actually Trump has soured on FOX News in general even before they had the audacity to call Arizona for Biden and when he rattled off his approval of the Trumpidians like Hannity and Ingram he was markedly lukewarm about Tucker because he most conspicuously is not a Trumpidian.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          You’re beginning to sound like Phillip with his amazing predictions. How do you know he got a “heads up”? Tucker expressed his doubts almost immediately after that press conference with Giuliana when she refused to appear on his program. Again, MARLE the world anxiously awaits to read about someone, ANYONE, you actually like and admire.

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            MARLE says:

            Quite a few actually, Stuart but most in areas you have no interest or awareness. Literature, sports, technology. You seem totally caught up in the stock market and politicians. In the business media I watch David Faber, Art Cashin and several others. In politics it’s hard to name ones I admire. If Joe Manchin holds to his vow to be a Stateman rather than a Democrat in Senate fights I may sort of mention him. But I will say that the Trump years made me think a time or two what a Romney term might have been like.

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            MARLE says:

            And just a moment ago…Rush Limbaugh told me that Trump got Canada to pay for the wall on the Mexico border and he did it with the tariffs the New MCA imposed on Canadian goods!!!!.

            So Mexico offloads a lot of illiterate nationals into the US. Trump promises that MEXICO will pay and now Rush Limbaugh tells me Trump thinks he hoodwinked Canada into paying with Tariffs on Their goods. NOW….do you see why it’s hard to come up with media or politicians to put on my “most Admired list”?

            But there are and there always will be fools who buy into this little example and the whole raft of nonsense both of these sources manufacture 24/7.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            After 12 PM I shut the TV for good until Tucker comes on at 7 PM. I try to listen to Rush but I really can’t stand him for more than 15 minutes at a time if that long so I turn him on and off just to see if I can stand to listen for a given segment. I find his lecturing and his Trump hagiography almost unbearable while Hannity and Laura Ingram are absolutely unbearable.

            Tucker’s program is so much more cerebral than others without the sickening narcissism of Mark Levin. Somehow I find Tucker’s show so much preferable compared to all the others. I only hope that Murdoch’s kids, who I understand are distinctly left of center keep Tucker on the air.

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            MARLE says:

            To restate: political talk media is on the air to Sell Soap. The owners of Nashville’s big talk radio station were liberals who lived in Atlanta. They didn’t care HOW the audience was gotten or WHO the audience was….they only wanted to generate Listeners, to drive Ratings, to Sell soap to Yield profits.

            Rupert’s heirs will want to sell soap and if you are willing to tune in then Tucker will stay on the air. PERIOD The only exception is that messing with females who don’t want to be messed with will get you fired. That last rule explains why Hannity is still on air.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            The only reason Hannity is still on the air is because he doesn’t engage in inappropriate behavior with FOX females? That doesn’t sound right. Please explain.

            Isn’t it interesting, speaking of which, that out of the hundred million+ women in this country, men have to chose fellow female employees with whom to have a sexual relationship. HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE! There is a terribly inappropriate alliteration that serves as a warning to men not to engage in such a relationship but I remember the grief I got over “RENT, DON’T BUY” so unfortunately I dare not repeat it here.

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            MARLE says:

            Hannity is now with the Fox morning woman. So it was not unrequited.

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            MARLE says:

            Tucker Carlson…..mocked John Kerry saying that climate change was not nearly important as National Debt. Hasn’t it been Trump who for 4 straight years has been ADDing to the debt?

            Then he talks with the Harvard guy about the crazy provisions in the Cares Act….wasn’t Trump the president who signed the Cares Act into Law.

            Carlson uncovers the Truth but he fails to point out how these bad outcomes have Trump’s fingerprints all over them….as if they happened without his cooperation.

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            James White says:

            Marle, the House of Representatives are the ones that have added to the the Debt. ALL bills of revenue have to begin in the House. And not many Presidents veto them including ‘conservative’ Trump. You are right about the Soap Opera news, and Fox has always been on the ‘insider’ hook. They, like Tucker Carson, will lead you to the Right and just before it would be really Right, they stop and pull away and leave you worse off than before, because you think you are ‘fixing’ things but really you are off on a tangent and don’t even know it. That is the direction Tucker is leading Stuart. All the ‘conservative’ talking heads do it, if they were actually saving our republic, they would not be on the air. Just check who owns the different major media outlets and what group they all belong to.

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            MARLE says:

            The Republican House in ’17 and ’18 gave the Republican president a deficit budget that added to the debt and he signed it. On top of that he has jawboned the Fed down to make servicing the debt “much easier”! This is Not a Dem issue.

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            James White says:

            I agree, it does not matter if the House is controlled by Democrats or Republicans, the Debt goes UP ! And people say there is a difference between the two parties. I think not, or Not Much.
            More Debt.
            More War.
            More Government.
            Less Freedom/Liberty.
            That is what they both have in common.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      After 19 days of more doing nothing except playing golf, the president is finally coming to grips with the fact that he lost the election. The GOP has done everything that they could do to support these ridiculous claims and fought on in the courts with frivolous law-suits. Yesterday, trump fired the next to the last lawyer still standing on his “only the best” legal team leaving only the melt-down king to defend him. The ship is sinking quickly and trump is setting multiple fires as fast as he can to divert attention from his big finish. trump makes his own “ratings” and his ratings are rightfully in the dump. He seems more concerned with “rantings” than “ratings.”

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    James White says:
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      MARLE says:

      “The ball took a bad bounce”; “the sun was always on my side of the court”…….the list of excuses can be endless. The so-called great Lou Holtz had a million of them when, at the end of his career, he found himself coaching a mediocre team at the U of South Carolina.

      A winner finds a way forward. Trump was, in 2020, Not a winner.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      Is there such a thing as “Fox Loyalists”? I don’t think so as they slip away from one network that has steadfastly refused to tell the truth to another one that will tell them exactly what they want to hear, just like Fox did for years but just could not continue the charade. The lies just got too much to cover-up. Too many criminals in one place telling the honest public that we were the problem.

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    Jane says:

    Senator Alexander, please advise how you expect children to go back to school
    without a vaccine? How will we enter Phase 3, which includes school-age children, when we have missed the window to start trials, in order to have a vaccine for children any time in 2021? How can we safely open the economy without vaccinating children?

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Apparently children don’t readily catch the Chinese Flu nor are they an important means by which the disease is spread. Children have to go back to school for purposes of their own education as well as to allow their parents to fully get back to work so we can fully open the economy.

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        Jane says:

        School age children are listed in the plan, in Phase 3. Read it.
        I would like an an answer on the possibility of entering Phase 3 in 2021 without a vaccine for children.

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          Jane says:

          Hello I am still waiting on an answer here. Stuart you seem to have an answer for everything.

          I did hear Gov Lee said vaccinations will not be required for school. Pretty convenient, since there is negligible possibility a vaccine will be available in the Fall for school age children. But they are still listed in Phase 3 of Lee’s plan.

          I would also like it noted while the impression is some sort of warp speed on approving and rolling out this vaccine, it will be several YEARS, not several months before the general population even has access to this. Not to mention the repeated observations, NO vaccine of this type has long-term studies on side effects.

          Meanwhile, if the general is given the impression that a vaccine is going to protect us, why would they continue or even start any safety measures to mitigate the spread?

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    How do you know that children are not spreading the virus just like, or more than any other group? Where is that study? “Apparently” just doesn’t cut it in the scientific world.

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    James White says:

    Pay attention TN governor, courts, legislature:
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday night put a stop to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s attempt to reimpose strict limits on attendance at worship services in areas that have seen higher numbers of coronavirus infections.

    The 5-4 ruling saw Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the recent Trump appointee, making the decisive vote, as Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the court’s liberal members in the minority vote to uphold Cuomo’s church attendance caps.

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      MARLE says:

      Gathering under the roof of a church is not a necessity; if it were I suppose Jesus, a carpenter, would have built the first Church for his followers to worship in.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    And now we have the twisted “warped speed” courts involved in telling us what is “right.”

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    James White says:

    Other news: U.S. Special Forces raided the CIA-run server farm in Frankfurt, Germany.

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