Aamid reports that the outgoing administration of former President Donald Trump left no national vaccination plan for incoming President Joe Biden, with cities in New York, Mississippi and South Carolina canceling scheduled vaccination appointments due to a lack of available doses.
“There is no plan, or there was no plan, by the Trump administration in terms of distribution, how to actually talk to the public about these vaccines and the educated [people] About why they are so important to their health, “Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota, who is a member of Biden’s coronovirus advisory board, told WBUR.
“What we’ve inherited from the Trump administration, it’s as bad as we can imagine,” Jeff Zeders, Biden’s COVID-19 coordinator, told reporters Wednesday night. “We don’t have the visibility that we would expect in supply and allocation.”
On Thursday, Biden unveiled his national coronovirus strategy which included managing 100 million vaccination shots during his first 100 days of office by 30 April.
But when Biden on Thursday signed an executive order enforcing the Defense Production Act to implement the Vaccine Production Act, and another order states to make more vaccine centers in public places such as stadiums, convention centers and pharmacies Instructing for, health experts say that there is a shortage of both available doses that can take months to cure and currently available doses can also be misused.
According to POLITICO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that while approximately 38 million doses have been delivered, only about half have been administered, making a difference of about 19 million unused doses.
During Thursday’s White House COVID task force briefing, infectious diseases experts and the coronavirus advisory board Drs. “It’s the one thing we really need to see,” said Anthony Fauci, adding, “The most disturbing thing is that the vaccine is lying around.”
Under the Trump administration, states were not informed by the federal government as to how many doses they expected to plan and when, according to Politico, to plan under an air of uncertainty.
Under that uncertainty, vaccination appointments are being canceled in states across the country due to a lack of dose in cities.
Baptist Health South Florida has had to cancel some of its 12,000 vaccination appointments, according to NBC News, and officials in San Francisco, New York and New Jersey have also said they are running low.
According to Bloomberg News and WGRZ, 26,300 such appointments have been canceled in New York State.
On January 15, Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina canceled 6,000 scheduled appointments citing a lack of available doses. Although the hospital ordered more than 2,000 vaccines at the beginning of the month, they were given only 450 vaccines.
On January 14, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) stated that it would be unable to vaccinate all eligible individuals until a new batch of doses was found in mid-February.
The announcement of MSDH by state Republican governor Tate Reeves prompted residents to sign up for vaccination amid an increase in new COVID-19 cases. His instructions overwhelmed the state’s vaccination scheduling website and hotline.
“The Mississippi State Department of Health expects to receive a large shipment of the vaccine in mid-February to help place additional shots in people’s arms,” the MSDH statement said. “We understand the frustration brought about by this sudden change plan.”
Newsweek Contacted the White House for comment.