Charles Barkley says NBA, NFL players should get COVID-19 vaccine first because they pay more taxes

Charles Barkley says NBA, NFL players should get COVID-19 vaccine first because they pay more taxes

Health care workers, first responders and the elderly are all in line to get the initial doses of the coronavirus vaccine first, but Charles Barkley offered a different idea Thursday.

Barkley said during theNBA on TNTbroadcast that pro athletes should get the first round of the vaccine.

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I think they should let NBA players and coaches all get the vaccine. That’s just my personal opinion. We need 300 million shots. Give some thousand to NBA players … NFL players, hockey players … As much taxes as these players pay, let me repeat that, as much taxes as these players pay, they deserve some preferential treatment,” Barkley said.

His co-hosts Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith didn’t think that was a good idea. He didn’t really find any people on his side of the argument on social media, óf.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told NBA teams last month the leaguewould not jump the lineto obtain the vaccines early, ESPN berig.

Die VSA. vaccine rollout was criticized by Dr. Anthony Fauci, die land se voorste kenner van aansteeklike siektes, as being “te rigied” vroeër die week — the same day the Trump administration moved to expand distribution efforts.

Fauci, wat opgemerk het dat die land in die gesig gestaar word “byna 'n ongekende uitdaging” in die uitrol van die entstof, het gesê dat dit gepas is om skote te kry na prioriteitsgroepe soos gesondheidsorgwerkers en mense wat in verpleeginrigtings is, die land was “te rigied om mense te kategoriseer en te klassifiseer,” wat verhoed het “om die entstofdosisse in die doeltreffendste saak uit te haal.”

Hy het gesê dat terwyl die VS.. is nie “die prioritisering laat vaar” benadering, dit sal vorentoe beweeg sodat wanneer hulle gereed is om ingeënt te word, which will also cut down on supplies sitting in freezers when “hulle kan in die arms van mense kom.”

Fox News’ Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.

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