According to CNN, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on the 15th that there is no stockpile of COVID-19 vaccine for distribution, which caused concern and dissatisfaction in many states.
Many state governors accused the federal government of cheating the states on vaccine supply, resulting in vaccine supplies not keeping up as the vaccination population expands.
The U.S. federal government has been urging state governments to expand vaccination coverage, while promising to ensure that people who have been vaccinated can get a second dose in time, the U.S. government has strategically stockpiled.
But recently, the first Americans to be vaccinated have needed to be vaccinated, but the federal government’s supply of vaccines has not increased significantly.
Multistate governors say hospitals may stop taking appointments for the first dose if the vaccine supply is not increased, which will leave a large number of eligible Americans unable to make appointments and is very prone to panic.
Oregon announced earlier that it would expand its vaccination eligibility. But Governor Brown said on the 15th that these plans were on hold due to federal deception.
On the same day, Governor Polis of Colorado also said that the state was also deceived by the federal government.
Governor of Oregon Brown: I can say very clearly that this is a national deception.
I am shocked that the federal government knows that it will not be achieved, but it still fills the expectations of the American people (vaccinations) with serious consequences.
Governor of Colorado Polis: Today, I came to you with great disappointment, because we were cheated.
Just a few days ago, the federal government also convinced us that they would release a second dose of their stockpile, which is equivalent to about three weeks of supplying Colorado in a week, about 210,000 doses, which unfortunately, is not true.
Wisconsin Governor Evers said bluntly that federal government officials still promised to distribute vaccines to Wisconsin despite the obvious shortage of vaccine reserves, which now looks like a slap in the face.
Governor Evers of Wisconsin: Now we find that, at least from media reports, the cabinet in Washington (to store vaccines) is empty, which is simply a slap in the face of the people of Wisconsin.
Frankly speaking, I don’t understand why federal government officials clearly know that the vaccine supply is insufficient, so much commitment should be made.
New York Governor Cuomo revealed that the amount of vaccines received by New York from the federal government this week decreased from 300,000 to 250,000 doses instead of increasing.
In the face of accusations and anger from the states, the federal government blamed the shortage of vaccine supplies on the chaos of vaccine distribution in the states and the wrong expectations of the federal government.