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TN Politics: Spotlight on FedEx Distribution of Vaccines

Katie Riordan/WKNO-FM

Hours after a COVID-19 vaccine gets FDA approval, the first doses for public consumption will be loaded onto FedEx planes and overnighted to their destinations. The company's readiness to deliver was heralded by Vice President Mike Pence at a roundtable conference Thursday in an airplane hangar at the airport.

Political analyst Otis Sanford says that while the company is naturally equipped to play a vital role in vaccine distribution, politics are still at play: FedEx CEO Fred Smith is a major Republican party supporter. 

Also this week, Sanford discusses former Memphis Rep. John DeBerry's new appointment as a senior advisor to Gov. Bill Lee and the Memphis City Council's recent downvoteof a new ordinance that would have required lobbyists to register and identify who they are working for. 

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.