“Saturday Night Live” took photos of the slow rollout of immunization in the country, which has been plagued by shortages, site closures and questions about who should be prioritized for immunization.
The show began with a parody of a game show, “So you think you can get the vaccine,” in which contestants compete for a chance to get the vaccine.
“Getting the vaccine shouldn’t be a competition, but Americans will only want to get it if it means someone else can’t,” said host Dr Anthony Fauci, played by Kate McKinnon .
The judges are among the most prominent governors in America.
California Governor Gavin Newsom was introduced and gave his assessment of the California pandemic: “White teeth, tight body. Covid, pretty bad.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (Pete Davidson), who faces allegations of undercoverage of Covid-19 deaths in long-term care facilities and sexual harassment, said: “Beautiful bodies, Some of you. I know, I know – I’m in the doghouse again. “
Cuomo explained who had priority for inoculation in New York City: “Tough guys, rich guys, wise guys, and Five Guys.”
Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer (Cecily Strong), the target of an alleged kidnapping plot last year, said: “It is an honor to be here with my fellow governors. People are yelling at them. about their policies and they’re yelling at me! ‘But that’s life.’
Senator Ted Cruz, played by Aidy Bryant, made an appearance saying, “I’m sorry, my arms are tired because I just got back from Cancun, Mexico.”
Contestants were a young woman posing as an elder, a non-smoker posing as a smoker and Seymour Foreman, 85, who described himself as “the proudest grandfather in the world”.
“You win,” he told her. “You get the vaccine.”
“Oh wonderful,” he said, “do I get it here or behind the scenes?”
“You can’t get it here,” Cuomo said. “You need to make an appointment online.”
Seymour is advised to find a youngster who can play “three days in a row to help you click-refresh,” in Cuomo’s words.
He has no young people in his life, Seymour said. So Witmer said to him, “Better luck next time.”
And Cuomo advised, “If you’re feeling sick, be sure to leave the nursing home and go to the hospital. Wink.”
In the “Weekend Update” news segment, co-host Colin Jost took a look at the House passing a $ 1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, noting that some Republicans are calling it a liberal wishlist.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I think a liberal wishlist would be an avocado toast with Chrissy Teigen, a free pet college and hip-hop musical about Anderson Cooper watching Lin-Manuel Miranda.”
He added that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, was happy that the relief program did not include an increase in the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, as originally proposed.
“Over the years, Graham has grown to love the taste of the fast food worker spit,” Jost said.
Host colleague Michael Che celebrated the emergence of a new vaccine, from New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson, which obtained emergency use clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration on Saturday.
“Johnson & Johnson will now pair the vaccine with needles from New Jersey’s No.1 syringe supplier The Beach,” he said.
Che reported that a study has shown that Covid-19 reduces the life expectancy of black people.
“Actually,” he said. “The coronavirus is so deadly to black Americans that it is suspended with pay.”