Philly Let College Kids Distribute Vaccines and It Was a MESS
Philadelphia set up its first and largest coronavirus vaccination site. With some notable medical institutions, Philly officials chose volunteers from Philly Fighting COVID. The volunteers described themselves as a “group of college kids” who had little health-care experience.
Obviously, the result was not good. It was a DISASTER.
Philly Fighting COVID issued a partial apology on Tuesday, but defended the for-profit switch. The CEO Andrei Doroshin has denied claims that he helped himself to leftover vaccines according to Philadelphia Magazine.
The organization was just covered on NBC’s “Today” when Doroshin, a graduate student at Drexel University, helped organize the use of the 3-D printer to make face shields for healthcare workers. Philadelphia Magazine said that the nonprofit “mostly consisted of a meme-heavy Twitter account, minor community lobbying and a fundraiser with a $50,000 goal that netted $684.” They also noted that anyone in the group’s “executive team” did not have any medical degrees.
According to the Washington Post, WHYY has mentioned that one former volunteer said the executives were “bragging about how rich they were going to get.”
Again, the city has cut ties from Philly Fighting COVID in both vaccines sites and testing sites.
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