(CNSNews.com) - Asked why it is so crucial for the Georgia's Democrat Senate candidates to win Tuesday's election, President-elect Joe Biden mentioned $2,000 stimulus checks, "federally supported community vaccination centers," and free treatment for COVID.
"I guarantee you, in my administration, there will be no question of the vaccination is free. Free, free, free," Biden told the Kenny Burns hip-hop RnB radio show in Atlanta on Tuesday. ("Wow," Burns replied.)
"Treatment for COVID will be free. Free across the board," Biden continued. "This is a national pandemic for God's sake. The idea that we should have to pay to save the Nation," he said, not finishing the thought.
Here is transcript of Burns' question and Biden's full response:
Burns: "President-elect Joe Biden, at the end of the day, I want to provide TKBS Nation with facts. And can you share with the Nation and Georgia what is expected to come--to come before the Senate this year that makes it so critical for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to be elected today?"
Well first of all, the thing that's going to come before the Senate again is whether or not we keep the commitment and provide the money that the House of Representatives has made of $2000 cash payments to families and families that are making under $50 grand, and so they're in trouble--families that are in trouble. They get help. They need help, right? This is the United States of America. The idea of fighting for food should not be a question.
Secondly, what's going to come about is right now, for example, in Georgia, you have only about 75,000 people who've gotten the vaccination, yet you've got about half a million doses of that vaccine in the state because there's no planning. The federal government has done virtually no planning. It's one thing to get a vaccination and to get the--to get the actual vial sent to you in a--in a frozen pack. It's another thing to get it into a needle and the vaccination in somebody's arm.
And so I'm going to need their help in making sure that we establish thousands of federally run and federally supported community vaccination centers of various sizes across the country located in high school gyms, their NFL football stadiums, or--and we can do that by engaging the Federal Emergency management, FEMA, the disaster group and CDC, the Center for Disease Control, and the U.S. military and National Guard.
We can deploy clinics and make sure they are reaching the rural locations but we could--mobile clinics out there, so people in mobile areas they don't have access to pharmacies can get the--get the vaccination. We can launch a historic vaccination program that make these vaccines available to local pharmacies, Walmarts, communities across the country. We can do this, but it costs money.
And the inability of the--of the president and Republican leadership and Trump in particular preventing that from being made available by--to--to the--to the states is just--it's just almost criminal in my view. And people are dying. People are dying.
Burns told Biden, "We need to get it (the vaccine) to people that can't afford it. I mean, I think the biggest fear in Georgia is that, are we going to be able to afford this vaccine?"
"That's exactly right," Biden responded. "I guarantee you, in my administration, there will be no question of the vaccination is free. Free, free, free. Treatment for COVID will be free. Free -- across the board.
"This is a national pandemic, for God's sake. The idea that we should have to pay to save the nation--and by the way, unless we are able, unless we're able to get this vaccine in people's arms and get this crisis under control, we're going to find ourselves and the economy continue to tumble and stumble and cost more jobs and put us behind the eight ball.
"There's an overwhelming reason to do this. It makes economic sense to do this. But I need their votes in the Senate," Biden said.
As of Wednesday morning, it appears that Biden may get his wish -- that Democrats may well get the two Georgia seats they need to take complete control of the United States government.
COVID vaccinations are free right now. According to the CDC: "Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund."
COVID treatment is not always free, depending on the patient's insurance.