December 18th – NBC reported on the 18th that just a few days after the launch of the coronavirus vaccine, there was a confusion similar to the previous rush for anti-epidemic materials in the United States: when and how many doses of the vaccine will be distributed will become a mystery.
Several governors revealed that the delivery of Pfizer vaccine in the next few weeks is half of the expected number. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services denied it in a statement on the 17th, saying that the news of the reduction in vaccine supply was false.
The confusion in the distribution of vaccines seems to have begun on the 16th. At that time, Gustav Pena, CEO of the White House vaccine development project Warp Speed, announced at a press conference that Pfizer would distribute about 2 million doses of vaccine next week.
This is 900,000 doses less than this week. Pfizer is addressing some of the production challenges,” said Azar, the Secretary of Health and Human Services. As you know, they ended up only half the expected output.”
Earlier, governors in many states in the United States complained that the Pfizer vaccine delivered in the next few weeks is only half of the expected number.
Florida Governor DeSantis hinted on the 15th that Pfizer had production problems and that the delivery of 450,000 doses of vaccine that Florida should have received was currently suspended. Illinois Gov. Pritzker also revealed that the state will receive 8.8 million doses of vaccine in two weeks, and only half of them are currently received.
A spokesman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said on the 15th that the department’s vaccine distribution will be reduced by 29% next week, from 85,000 to 60,000 doses.
Washington Gov. Inslee also said that the state would cut its vaccine distribution by 40% next week.
In response, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement on the 17th denying that the number of vaccinations has decreased.” Reports of reduced vaccine supply in some areas are incorrect.
As with the first Pfizer vaccines, regions will receive the vaccine from different locations within a few days.”
Pfizer CEO Bral also tweeted on the 17th that the company had no problems in vaccine production, and shipments had not been suspended or delayed. This week, Pfizer shipped 2.9 million doses of vaccine to designated locations at the request of the U.S. government.
Millions of doses of vaccines remain in Pfizer’s warehouse, but no instructions have been received so far to increase shipments.