Covid vaccine shipments delayed by storm to be delivered by midweek, White House advisor says

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Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are ready to be shipped on the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant on December 13, 2020 in Portage, Michigan.

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All of the shipments of Covid-19 vaccine doses that had been delayed final week by the historic winter storm are anticipated to be delivered by mid-week, White House senior advisor for Covid-19 response Andy Slavitt stated Monday.

Slavitt stated on Friday that the supply of about 6 million doses, representing about three days’ value of shipments, was delayed by the storm.

“I reported on Friday that we would catch up on deliveries by the end of this week,” Slavitt stated Monday on the White House Covid-19 press briefing. “We now anticipate that all backlogged doses will be delivered by midweek.”

He added that on Monday the federal authorities plans to ship about 7 million doses of vaccine, a mixture of pictures that had been backlogged from final week and a few that had been scheduled to exit this week. He stated the federal government’s means to shortly catch up from the storm is due to members of the army and staff of McKesson, which the federal government has contracted to assist run distribution and logistics within the vaccine rollout.

“Seventy McKesson employees volunteered to work 1 a.m. shifts Saturday night, Sunday morning to prepare shipments to meet an 11 a.m. transit deadline,” he stated, including that UPS staff had been additionally versatile to accommodate backlogged deliveries.

Slavitt added that despite the fact that the White House anticipated shortly catching up on delivering delayed doses, “it will take time” for vaccination websites to catch up.

“We encourage vaccination sites to follow that same lead of those who are working extended hours to catch up on deliveries by scheduling more appointments to vaccinate the anxious public as quickly as possible,” he stated. Slavitt added that vaccination websites in some elements of the nation that had been hit significantly onerous by the storm are nonetheless closed.

The tempo of vaccinations in Texas, which was rocked by the storm that left hundreds of thousands within the state with out electrical energy, severely suffered. Slavitt stated the seven-day common of each day administered doses dropped by 31% over the previous week.

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