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Walberg Questions Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive About Slow Vaccine Rollout, Director Gordon’s Abrupt Resignation

February 2, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing, Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) questioned Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan, about early issues with COVID-19 vaccine distribution at the state level. In the beginning of January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Michigan in the bottom ten among all states in vaccines administered per 100,000 residents. Click here to watch Walberg’s questions.

“While the numbers have improved in recent days, the data to start the year points to the Whitmer Administration dropping the ball in the initial stages of the vaccine rollout. Michigan lagged far behind other states in getting the vaccine off the shelf and into the arms of frontline workers and vulnerable populations, and there are still many unanswered questions why this was the case,” said Walberg. “We cannot afford any unpreparedness and unnecessary slowdowns in vaccine distribution, and I stand ready to assist with overcoming these challenges and bringing this pandemic to an end.”

Congressman Walberg also asked Dr. Khaldun about the Whitmer Administration’s lack of transparency regarding former Director Robert Gordon’s sudden resignation on January 22 as head of the state’s health department.

“The abrupt resignation, without explanation, of Michigan’s top health official in the middle of a pandemic is particularly troubling,” said Walberg. “The Whitmer Administration’s repeated stonewalling of questions related to the reason for Director Gordon’s resignation raises red flags as well. Nearly two weeks later, it is time for Governor Whitmer to provide the people of Michigan with a straightforward answer.”