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TN Politics: Many Bumps on the Vaccination Highway

Shelby County Health Department Director Alisia Haushalter apologizes Wednesday for long lines and miscommunications at some vaccine distribution centers in Memphis.
Shelby County Health Department Director Alisia Haushalter apologizes Wednesday for long lines and miscommunications at some vaccine distribution centers in Memphis.

Political analyst Otis Sanford talks about the week in Tennessee Politics for Jan. 24-30, 2021.

This week, a series of incidents hampered or otherwise raised concerns about COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Tennessee. One controversy has been over thenumber of doses being sent to Shelby County in proportion to the doses ending up in some rural counties. Gov. Bill Lee vehemently insisted that the county wasn't getting shortchanged, though distribution data show discrepancies that have yet to be fully explained. 

Political Otis Sanford offers thoughts about the rollout of the vaccines by federal, state and local authorities. 

Sanford also talks about two major points in Mayor Jim Strickland's State of the City speech last week. 

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A native "Florida Man," Christopher started in this business as a copy clerk at the renowned St. Petersburg Times before persuading editors to let him write. He moved to Memphis in 2001 to cover arts and entertainment at the Commercial Appeal. Since then, he has contributed to nearly every publication in Shelby County, writing features on everything from the Civil War to Civil Rights. Also, Elvis... a lot of Elvis.