Delaney’s Idea for Stimulus Check: ‘Pay Everyone $1500 to Get Vaccine’

Former U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md. 6) is getting attention on Twitter for his idea for distributing a coronavirus vaccine, once it is made available.

Delaney tweeted Friday, “Pay everyone $1500 to get vaccine[.] It is a stimulus check & big vaccine incentive rolled into one[.] Result: more people get vaccine, it saves lives, helps people financially, and the $400 B pays for itself w/ economic boost from ending pandemic[.]”

Delaney’s tweet received a lot of engagement on Twitter, including from one of his fellow former Democratic presidential candidate hopeful, Andrew Yang, who had proposed giving every American $1,000 a month.

Yang tweeted to Delaney, “Great idea! Though I’d get the money rolling out before then too.”

Delaney tweeted to another user that his idea doesn’t have anything to do with ideology: “It’s simple. An incentive to get vaccinated. Period. Everyone wins when more people are vaccinated. Period. Who wins the most when more people are vaccinated? Workers.”

On Monday, AstraZeneca announced that late-stage trials have shown its vaccine to be 90% effective, making it the third vaccine shown to have promise. Earlier in November, Pfizer and Moderna reported their late-stage vaccine trials were 95% effective.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) predicted at a news conference Monday that it will be months before a critical mass is vaccinated.

“I will wager anyone who wants to wager: It will be at least six months before you hit critical mass,” Cuomo said.

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