The new Assembly Republican co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance said lawmakers “want to be part of the discussion” when it comes to distribution of the new COVID-19 vaccines in Wisconsin.

Republican leaders in both the Assembly and Senate recently have said that lawmakers should have oversight of vaccine deployment.

In an interview aired Sunday on “UpFront,” Rep. Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam, said lawmakers “just want to make sure that (vaccine distribution) is fair to folks throughout the state.” The program is produced in partnership with

Born said they are concerned about residents in rural areas.

“We just want to make sure that there’s access throughout the state, and it’s as widespread as it can be, and folks from our Assembly districts all over the state don’t have to drive great distances to large cities and things to have access to it,” he said.

Born also said Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers have a “good basis” for discussions on new COVID-19-related spending and legislation.

“I’m confident that we’ll work out something in the near future,” Born said.

In another segment, a Democratic presidential elector said numerous lawsuits by the Trump campaign seeking to overturn the results of the election will have no impact on electors when they meet today.

Democratic National Committee member Khary Penebaker of Milwaukee, an elector for President-elect Joe Biden, called the lawsuits “fodder, something to laugh at.”

“It’s a stark reminder that there are a group of people who literally want to steal democracy from the hands of America’s voters,” he said.

The 10 electors will convene today at the State Capitol. Penebaker said they will have numerous certificates to sign, and because of COVID-19, the meeting will lack the “pomp and circumstance” of previous elector gatherings. He said the entire event should last less than an hour.

With the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 having just won FDA approval for emergency use, a Mayo Clinic doctor told “UpFront” that the vaccine is safe and needed to help control the pandemic.

“UpFront” host Adrienne Pedersen asked Mayo Clinic family medicine physician Dr. Erin Morcomb what she would tell people who are skeptical about the new vaccine.

“What I will say is any vaccine that gets approved will be, will have extensive safety measures that have been done, and will continue to be done after that vaccine is approved,” Morcomb said.

“All public health officials, physicians, anyone working in the health care realm has high confidence that these vaccines are something that we really need to have to help lessen the burden of the pandemic,” she said.

See more from the program here.

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