Responding to growing frustration over the vaccine shortage, President Joe Biden announced that the US would deliver in the next three weeks in hard-press states and that enough doses to immunize 300 million Americans by the end of summer or early fall Hopes to provide.
Biden called the push a “wartime effort”, saying on Tuesday the administration was working to purchase an additional 100 million doses of each of the two approved coronavirus vaccines. He acknowledged that in recent weeks, states have been projected to estimate how much vaccine they will have from one week to the next.
Shortage has become so severe that some vaccination sites around the US had to cancel thousands of appointments with people taking their first shots.
“It’s unacceptable,” Biden said. “Life is at stake.”
He promised an approximately 16% increase in deliveries to the states over the next three weeks.
The administration said it plans to buy 100 million doses each from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna to ensure that there is enough vaccine for a longer period. Even more vaccines may be available if federal scientists approve a single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson, which is expected to seek emergency authorization in the coming weeks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the government plans to provide around 10.1 million first and second doses by next week’s allocation of 8.6 million. The figures represent doses of both Pfizer and modern vaccines. It was not immediately clear how long the dose escalation could be maintained.
The governor and top health officials are raising the alarm about insufficient supplies and need to first estimate more reliable how much vaccine is on the way so they can plan.
Biden’s team held its first virus-related call on Tuesday with the country’s governors and pledged to provide the states with a vaccine allocation three weeks before delivery.
Biden’s announcement came a day after he had grown more quickly about surpassing his vaccine pledge of injecting 100 million in his first 100 days in office, suggesting that a rate of 1.5 million doses per day would soon be achieved May go.
The administration has also promised more openness, saying it will hold news talks three times a week, starting Wednesday, which has killed more than 420,000 Americans.
“We applaud the administration, saying it will provide a slightly higher allocation to the states for the next few weeks, but we need a lot more supply,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican.
The setup inherited from the Trump administration has been marked by miscommunication and unexplained hiccups, with deficiencies reported in some places as even vaccine doses remain on the shelf.
West Virginia officials, who have one of the best rates of vaccine deliveries, said they still have less than 11,000 first doses after this week’s shipment.
“I’m going to cut my head,” said Justice Jim of the Republican Government.
California, which has faced criticism over a slow vaccine rollout, announced Tuesday that it was centralizing its hodgepoint of county systems and streamlining appointment sign-ups, notification and eligibility. Residents have been cut off from different rules in different counties.
And in Colorado, Democratic government Jared Polis said that a limited supply of vaccines from the federal government is pushing the state to recharge the second dose as the first dose, although he hopes people scheduled for his second shot are still Will also be able to maintain their appointments. .
The weekly allocation cycle for the first dose begins Monday night, when federal officials review vaccine availability data from manufacturers to determine how much each state may have. The allocation is based on the population of each jurisdiction 18 and older.
States are informed of their allocation on Tuesday through a computer network called Tiberias and other channels, after which they can specify where they want to be sent. Delivery starts next Monday.
A similar but different procedure for ordering the second dose, which should be given three to four weeks after the first, begins on Sunday night each week.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the CDC reported that more than half of the 44 million doses distributed to the states had been put into people’s arms. Experts say it is low in crores of doses that will need to be administered to regain herd immunity and conquer the outbreak.
According to the University of Oxford, behind No. 1 Israel, United Arab Emirates, Britain and Bahrain, the US ranks fifth in the world administered relative to the country’s population.
The reason why more of the shots available in the US have not been overcome is not entirely clear. But many vaccination sites are apparently holding a large amount of vaccine in reserve to ensure that those who have already received their first shot receive the required second on schedule.
In addition, some state officials have complained between an interval when they report their vaccination numbers to the government and when the figures are posted on the CDC’s website.
In the New Orleans area, Ochsner Health said Monday that insufficient supplies forced the cancellation of the last week of 21,400 first-dose appointments but second-dose appointments are not affected.
In North Carolina, Greensboro-based Cone Health announced it was canceling first-dose appointments for 10,000 people and taking them on a waiting list due to supply problems.
Jesse Williams, 81, of Ridsville, North Carolina, said his appointment with Coen Health took place on Thursday, and he is waiting to hear when to reschedule it. The former volunteer firefighter hoped that the vaccine would resume her attending church, playing golf and seeing friends.
“It’s just a frustration that we were expecting our shots to happen and being a bit more flexible for COVID-19,” he said.
The vaccine rollout in the European Union of 27 countries has also run into hurdles and has been similarly criticized for being too slow. Pfizer is delaying delivery, while it upgrades its plant in Belgium to increase capacity. And AstraZeneca revealed that its initial shipment would be smaller than expected.
The European Union, with 450 million citizens, is demanding that pharmaceutical companies fulfill their commitments on schedule.
Associated Press writers around the US contributed to this report.
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