Trump flunkies tell states their allotment of vaccine is being cut 25-40% next week

Hospitals around the country have been thrown into confusion after the Trump administration informed state after state that they’ll be getting 25%-40% fewer COVID vaccine doses next week than they’d been expecting…

…A senior administration official told me [Mike Allen at AXIOS] that the states had been relying on planning numbers that were reduced because Pfizer committed to supplying fewer doses than originally forecast…

Pfizer said in their statement: “No shipments containing the vaccine are on hold or delayed. This week, we successfully shipped all 2.9 million doses that we were asked to ship by the U.S. Government to the locations specified by them.”

“We have millions more doses sitting in our warehouse but, as of now, we have not received any shipment instructions for additional doses.

As usual, there isn’t anyone in the administration who can tell his ass from his elbow when it comes to protecting American lives in this pandemic. You know which one ain’t the elbow.

6 thoughts on “Trump flunkies tell states their allotment of vaccine is being cut 25-40% next week

  1. nicknielsensc says:

    Good grift doesn’t require good logistics. I’m betting everybody in the civil service (oops, ‘deep state’) who would normally be planning the distributions has been cut out of the loop.

  2. Scapegoat says:

    The Army general in charge of getting COVID-19 vaccines distributed across the United States apologized after many governors said they had been shorted on anticipated shipments. Gen. Gustave Perna said he made mistakes by citing numbers of doses that he believed would be ready for delivery. Perna said the government now is on track to get approximately 20 million doses to states by the first week of January.

    “…grasping with both hands the hilt of his naked sword, he fell upon it and died.” (Plutarch’s account of Brutus’ death)

    • Alternate Facts™️ says:

      “There was some confusion between planning and training numbers provided in mid-November and actual official weekly allocations, which are only available the week prior to distribution shipping because they are based on the number of releasable vaccine doses available,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a statement on Friday. “We are working on clearing up any misunderstanding with the governors and jurisdictions.”
      “The chief scientific adviser for Operation Warp Speed explained Sunday that an unpredicted “two-day lag period” is the reason why many states have not received the number of vaccines promised.
      “We all made the error or mistake of assuming that vaccine that’s actually produced and being released is already available for shipment, when, in fact, there is a two-days lag between the time at which we generate a lot of data that shows this vaccine vial is actually safe and right and the time we can ship it,” Moncef Slaoui told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” when asked about the delay.”
      “Officials with Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. government program to distribute Covid-19 vaccines to Americans, had to slash the number doses for several states due to confusion over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s certificate of analysis requirement for vaccine rounds.
      The federal government’s error disrupted vaccination distribution plans in at least 14 states and frustrated governors and state health officials who said they were caught off guard upon learning of shipment shortfalls.”
      HHS Secretary Azar says Pfizer keeps government at ‘arm’s length’ on Covid vaccine manufacturing

    • DOA says:

      “Millions of COVID-19 vaccines are sitting unused in U.S. hospitals and elsewhere a week into the massive inoculation campaign, putting the government’s target for 20 million vaccinations this month in doubt.
      Operation Warp Speed’s General Gustave Perna, who is leading the vaccine distribution effort, on Monday said that the CDC data reflects a reporting lag and that the number of vaccinations will catch up as time goes on.
      States and health departments need federal money to hire staff, from data center workers to track inoculations to call center employees to field questions, said Adriane Casalotti, chief of government and public affairs of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
      The U.S. Congress’s current coronavirus aid package sets aside more than $8 billion for vaccine distribution but is delayed.
      “You can’t hire someone in December and train them up if you don’t know you can pay them in January,” Casalotti said.”

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