S.C. Sens. Nikki Setzler, D-West Columbia, and Stephen Goldfinch, R-Murrells Inlet, have called on Gov. Henry McMaster to create a new director position responsible for spearheading the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution and nominated retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr. for the role.

Meanwhile, state health officials reported 3,528 new cases of the coronavirus and 23 additional deaths. With 12,418 tests reported, 28.4% were confirmed positive.

“It is our belief that it is crucial to enlist the assistance of a person with the experience and logistical knowledge to develop and implement immediately a statewide logistics plan for receipt, distribution, and injection of vaccines received by the state,” the two senators penned in a letter to McMaster.

“This person should be highly qualified in order to coordinate efforts between providers, the National Guard, local government, DHEC, hospitals and the federal government,” the letter said.

The formal request came only hours after Goldfinch spoke about the need for a leader of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts on the Senate floor.

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