Coronavirus Update New York City: Creator of vaccine appointment site TurboVax honored

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The founder of the vaccine appointment website TurboVax was praised Tuesday for making the COVID-19 vaccine rollout easier for New Yorkers.

NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang and Congressman Ritchie Torres honored TurboVax founder Huge Ma.

Ma, an engineer, created a simple, free and easy-to-use website that identifies and allows people to sign up for vaccine appointments in real time.

His site has made the vaccine rollout easier for thousands of New Yorkers.

"I never planned to get involved or get mixed up in all this, I have always just been following my gut," Ma said. "When I built TurboVax, I just wanted to make the vaccine process simpler, that's it. I never expected that it would help tens of thousands, probably hundreds of thousands, get their vaccines by now."

Torres said he has helped to save lives.

"At a cost of only $50, in less than two weeks, Huge managed to do what the federal government and what the local and city government failed to do with much greater resources," Torres said.

Ma is also using his growing platform to raise money to combat anti-Asian violence in the city.

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