Uber and Lyft free: White House announces agreement to promote vaccinations

Uber and Lyft free: White House announces agreement to promote vaccinations

The White House announced on Tuesday an agreement with the transportation companies Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to vaccination centers against COVID-19 until July 4, the date on which the federal government wants to have vaccinated 70 % of the population with at least one dose.

This new program will be operational in about two weeks and will end on the Independence Day holiday of July 4, the White House said in a statement.

Lyft and Uber were already offering their services for free, but only in some states. In addition, beneficiaries had to justify that they could not pay for transportation to the vaccination point and that their medical insurance did not cover transportation costs.

Thanks to the agreement with the White House, now all trips to vaccination points will be free regardless of where users live or what their financial circumstances are.

MORE FEDERAL AID FOR THE STATES

Finally, the White House announced that more financial aid will be given to the states so that they can promote vaccination with the installation, for example, of temporary clinics in churches or workplaces.

The United States continues to be the country with the most cases and deaths in absolute terms.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the United States has added 32.7 million infections and more than 582,000 deaths from the virus, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.

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