February 20 – According to The White House said on the 19th that the winter storm has caused 6 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to be unable to be distributed to states on time, which is equivalent to about three days of shipments.
The White House pointed out that it hoped to send out the backlog of inventory within a week.
Andy Slavitt, a senior adviser to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, reportedly said delays caused by the weather have affected supply chains in all 50 states.
He said that workers from multiple mailing service providers were trapped by heavy snow and could not go to work normally, and road closures also hindered the delivery of goods to multiple locations.
In addition, more than 2,000 vaccination sites have been unable to receive vaccines due to power outages.
“We expect all backlog doses to be delivered within the next week,” Slavitt said.
But this will require staff in some places to work overtime.
“We will be able to catch up, but we know that means asking people to give more.” “If we all work together … we’ll be able to catch up next week,” Slavitt said.
Slavett said that the vaccine is currently “safe and intact in the factory and hub”.
According to the report, the federal government has also opened more large-scale vaccination sites, and the first federally operated sites opened in California this week.
Four additional vaccination sites will be open in multiple locations in Florida, allowing a total of 12,000 people to be vaccinated each day. In addition, Philadelphia will also open a site. “These sites are expected to be up and running within two weeks,” Slavitt said.