White House Says Vaccine Supply Is Increasing
As Winter storm Threatening to halt delivery of Kovid-19 vaccines, the White House said on Tuesday that states would collectively begin receiving 13.5 million doses each week – due to a change in the way the government is allocating supplements. Over two million dose jumps. Pfizer’s Vaccine. And White House press secretary Jane Saki said that A new federal pharmacy program Now two million weekly doses, will provide a doubling of its initial supply.
The Biden administration is working with Pfizer, a federally authorized vaccine maker, to obtain more manufacturing supplies, including the company’s pumps and filtration units. Defense production act. The administration announced last week that Pfizer and Modern, another manufacturer of authorized vaccines in the United States, would be able to deliver a total of 400 million doses by the end of May, which is already scheduled ahead of time.
A White House spokesman said that the latest increase in supply came partly because Pfizer is getting credit for this week for six doses instead of five doses per vial. The spokesman said that two-thirds of the increase was due to increased production. Officials say an adequate supply of special syringes is needed to extract the additional Pfizer supplements. The White House warned state officials last week that because of that accounting change, the federal government said that the amount of delivery it would deliver would be shot, even if each vial did not contain the vaccine.
Ms Pasaki told reporters on Tuesday that with the latest increase, delivery of the vaccine had jumped 57 percent since President Biden was inaugurated. Administration officials routinely framed those increases as Mr. Biden’s achievement, even though supplies were expected to rise, at least to some extent, as Pfizer and Modern accelerated manufacturing.
Tuesday came as an announcement that winter storms in the south continued to disrupt vaccine delivery. Clinics were closed and shipments halted in states where there was already a speed of vaccination Was lagging behind National average. Vaccine appointments were rescheduled or canceled From texas To Kentucky.
A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that the government was anticipating “widespread delays” in vaccine shipments and deliveries in the coming days, as weather affected both the FedEx facility in Memphis and the UPS facility in Louisville affecting vaccine shipping. having had. Hub.
“The CDC and federal partners are working closely with the courts, as well as manufacturing and shipping partners, to assess weather conditions and help delay and cancel potential deliveries,” the spokesman said.
Ms Pasaki said officials were monitoring the storm and were in contact with state and local governments. He said that “people had a contingency plan to ensure that they needed the dose within a reasonable period of time.”
White House officials announced on Tuesday that increasing the dose for pharmacies warned that initially supplies for that program would be extremely limited. More than 40,000 pharmacies are expected to receive doses as part of the program.
On Tuesday, Drs. Anthony S. Fauci, who is the country’s top infectious disease specialist and advisor to Mr. Biden, revised his own estimate from last week, when he predicted the start of the “open season” by April. He said that probably this period will be prolonged in late May and early June. An interview with CNN.
Campbell Robertson contributed reporting.