January 21 – Officials in many states in the United States said that tens of thousands of people’s reservations have been cancelled due to the insufficient supply of coronavirus vaccines, and states are also considering canceling some public vaccination plans in the next few weeks.
Less than a month after the vaccine was put on the market in the United States, several states said that the dose of the vaccine had been used up and tens of thousands of scheduled first doses were cancelled.
Statewide coronavirus vaccine supplies are severely under-sufficient, with officials in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota calling for an accelerated supply of COVID-19 vaccines.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on the 20th that New York City has cancelled 23,000 appointments due to insufficient vaccine supplies. Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine has asked the Biden administration to increase supplies.
“Now we are not short of infrastructure, but vaccines.” The Erie County Health Department in Pennsylvania said that more than 8,000 people had to stop vaccination due to lack of sufficient vaccine supplies.
In a statement, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggested that vaccine distribution this week has actually increased by 5% compared with previous weeks.
According to the data of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of the 20th, the federal government had distributed a total of 36 million doses of vaccines to states, while only 16 million doses of vaccination in the United States had been completed.
The vaccination progress was far lower than expected, and the reason for the shortage of vaccines is not clear.
The report said that preservation and logistics problems at the local level may be the cause of the shortage of vaccines.