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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Winter storms delay delivery of 6 million vaccine doses

Storms throughout the U.S. have delayed the delivery of thousands and thousands of vaccine doses — and now, officers are taking part in catch-up. 

“As of now we have a backlog of about 6 million doses due to the weather. All 50 states have been impacted,” mentioned Andy Slavitt, the White House COVID-19 response staff senior adviser. 

That represents three days of delayed transport on account of delivery staff snowed in at house, street closures and greater than 2,000 vaccine distribution facilities with out energy, in line with the White House response staff. 

As a end result, practically all of this week’s shipments to New York are delayed. In Los Angeles, greater than 12,000 appointments on Friday have been canceled. Boston dentist Khara Gresham’s second-dose appointment on Friday was canceled, regardless of her high-risk work. 

When requested how she felt in regards to the delays, Gresham mentioned she was “A little bit frustrated, a little bit annoyed is probably a good word, confused as to what next steps to take, whether to go find it somewhere else or just wait until they’re able to to get them.” 

On Friday, President Biden toured the western Michigan Pfizer plant that is transport the vaccine throughout the nation. Pfizer submitted new knowledge to the Food and Drug (*6*) displaying its vaccines will be saved in normal pharmacy freezers — as a substitute of ultra-cold speciality freezers — that might develop distribution to extra vaccine websites. 

An Israeli examine discovered {that a} single Pfizer vaccine dose is 85% efficient. But the White House nonetheless strongly recommends two doses. 

“We’re not going to be persuaded by one study that grabs headlines,” Slavitt mentioned. 

Meanwhile, individuals are going to nice lengths to chop the road. In Florida, ladies got citations this week after allegedly dressing up in bonnets and gloves, pretending to be senior residents to get the vaccine. 

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