Governors were livid Friday to learn that reserves ofvaccinations promised by the federal government don’t exist. The vaccine reserves when Health and Human Services Secretary announced they would be released to states earlier this week. According to state and federal officials, The Washington Post reported Friday.
Azar said Tuesday that thewas planning to release a significant reserve of doses it had been holding back for the booster shots. “We are releasing the entire supply we have for order by states rather than holding second doses in physical reserve,” he promised.
The vaccines supposedly held back had already been shipped out beginning in late December. But governors have since learned that there is no reserve. The crushing news comes as death rates continue to climb, just as the U.S. encourages states toto and others at high risk.
The latest massive glitch in the distribution of the desperately needed vaccines is the most recent in repeated stumbles by the Trump administration to battle COVID-19 effectively.warned Friday that a variant of COVID-19, which is at least 50% more contagious than the current strain, will in the U.S. by March.
“,” Oregon Gov. (D) angrily tweeted Friday. “I am shocked and appalled that they have set an expectation they could not deliver, with such grave consequences.”
Instead of increasing, the number of vaccinations distributed to New York decreased this week, according to Gov.(D) — from 300,000 doses down to 250,000.
“The Trump administration said they would expedite the second dose. That; they had already sent out everything they had… In the meantime, there was a dramatic increase in eligibility,” Cuomo said.
“What they did was like opening the floodgates of eligibility … and that. That’s the situation the federal government created,” he added.
Gov. (D) complained to KARE-11 TV in Minneapolis that he was among several governors deceived by federal officials about the vaccine stockpile. He blamed the Trump administration for the “botched” rollout.
“This one is,” Walz said. “Who’s going to be prosecuted for this? What are the states to do when they’ve been lied to and made all their plans around this?”
Walz said the expanded federal guidance opened Minnesota’s vaccination pool to about 2.1 million people. But the state only had 60,000 doses, he said. “I’m not sleeping because of it.”
Alena Yarmosky, a spokesperson for Virginia Gov.(D), said governors were “told explicitly” they would be getting additional doses.
“What we’re seeing is fully in line with the dysfunction that has characterized the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19. President-elect Biden cannot be sworn in fast enough,” she said.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services told ABC News thatand insisted there had been no reduced shipped doses.
The Post reported that the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, organizing vaccine distribution,of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the end of last year. Shipping of the previous reserve doses of Moderna’s supply began last weekend.
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