A growing number of COVID-19 vaccination sites around the US are canceling thousands of appointments due to a lack of vaccines in a rollout, leading to the confusion that even the new CDC director admitted he Don’t know how many shots are in the pipeline.
The states waited on Tuesday to find out their latest weekly allocation of the vaccine to complaints from governors and top health officials about insufficient supplies and how much earlier and more reliable estimates are needed along the way.
President Joe Biden suggested Monday He hopes that the country may soon be scattered to 1.5 million shots per day. His administration has also promised more openness, saying it will hold news talks three times a week in which more than 420,000 Americans have died.
Amid growing frustration, the Biden White House made the first call related to the virus on Tuesday with the country’s governors. Press Secretary Jane Saki said the president planned to speed up the supply of the vaccine and give an update on Americans’ efforts to put more shots into weapons.
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.
Dr. Rochelle Wallensky, Biden brand new director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, was shaking herself up over the weekend in an attempt to describe the current supply.
“We can’t tell you how much vaccine we have,” he said “Fox News Sunday”, describing the problem as a challenge left by the outgoing Trump administration. “And if I can’t tell it to you, I can’t tell it to the governors, and I can’t tell it to the state health officials. If they do not know how much vaccine they are receiving not only this week, but next week and week after, they cannot plan. “
On Monday, Florida government Ron DeSantis The state said it could not meet the growing demand from residents and at the mercy of “what the federal government sends us”.
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.
Georgia government Brian Kemp said he did not expect an increase in the state’s allocation in the coming weeks, which would limit progress in vaccinating now eligible people, including those with 65 and first responders. Rhode Island officials said late last week that despite advocates’ complaints for the elderly, they could not extend eligibility to more than 65 in the current allocation.
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.
Innova Health System, the largest health provider in Washington DC, suburban area, said it is canceling all first-dose appointments at its mass vaccination clinics starting Thursday due to insufficient supply. Second-dose appointments will be honored.
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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