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The Power of Billionaires | COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

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This week, the Unified Government Public Health Department has 2,000 COVID-19 vaccines to distribute and they're being prioritized for essential workers in Wyandotte County.

An explanation of how America is built to benefit the wealthy and health administrators offer an update on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the Kansas City metro.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:42: How the concentration of wealth has made the corporate elite untouchable.

Over the course of 2020, the 614 billionaires in America grew their net wealth by $913 billion. As they get richer, they’re also getting more powerful. Today, the corporate elite have accumulated enough wealth and power to be untouchable by the law, not unlike the feudal lords of medieval times.

Segment 2, beginning at 30:29: Answers to your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the Kansas City metro.

Like most of its area counterparts, the Unified Government Public Health Department is struggling to navigate the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Until we all have been inoculated, the dean of the UMKC School of Medicine says now is "not the time for us to let down our guard." As a new coronavirus strain gains traction in the U.S., it's important to continue following guidelines to prevent spreading the disease.

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