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Friday, January 15, 2021

When Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced this week that the federal government would begin releasing coronavirus vaccine doses held in reserve for second shots, no such reserve existed, according to state and federal officials briefed on distribution plans.



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Now, health officials across the country who had anticipated their extremely limited vaccine supply as much as doubling beginning next week are confronting the reality that their allocations will remain largely flat, dashing hopes of dramatically expanding access for millions of elderly people and those with high-risk medical conditions. Health officials in some cities and states were informed in recent days about the reality of the situation, while others are still in the dark.

Because both of the vaccines authorized for emergency use in the United States are two-dose regimens, the Trump administration's initial policy was to hold back second doses to protect against the possibility of manufacturing disruptions. But that approach shifted in recent weeks, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

These officials were told that Operation Warp Speed, which is overseeing the distribution of vaccines, stopped stockpiling second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the end of last year. The last shots held in reserve of Moderna's supply, meanwhile, began shipping out over the weekend.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-01-15 02:17 PM | Reply

Governor Kate Brown @OregonGovBrown

Last night, I received disturbing news, confirmed to me directly by General Perna of Operation Warp Speed: States will not be receiving increased shipments of vaccines from the national stockpile next week, because there is no federal reserve of doses.

I am demanding answers from the Trump Administration. I am shocked and appalled that they have set an expectation on which they could not deliver, with such grave consequences.

This is a deception on a national scale. Oregon's seniors, teachers, all of us, were depending on the promise of Oregon's share of the federal reserve of vaccines being released to us.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-01-15 02:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Mayor De Blasio Says NYC Will Run Out Of COVID Vaccine Next Week

...New York City will run out of COVID-19 vaccine supplies by the end of next week, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned on Friday. The shortage would disrupt the mayor's goal of administering 1 million doses across the five boroughs by the end of January, delaying the prospect of rapidly achieving herd immunity and reopening safely.

"We will run out of vaccine next week in New York City if there's not a very different approach from the federal government, and the state government, and the manufacturers," de Blasio said on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC. "We're not going to have enough vaccine by the end of next week."...

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-15 02:27 PM | Reply

Meanwhile, the more contagious variant seems to be taking hold here in the United States...

The coronavirus variants: What you need to know

...New variants of the coronavirus circulating globally appear to increase transmission and are being closely monitored by scientists.

Driving the news: The highly contagious variant B.1.1.7 originally detected in the U.K. could become the dominant strain in the U.S. by March if no measures are taken to control the spread of the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Why it matters: Countries are being overwhelmed by surges in cases that have led to border closures, quarantines and more aggressive pushes for the public to get vaccinated. So far, the variants do not appear to be resistant to the existing vaccines or cause more severe disease. ...

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-15 02:29 PM | Reply

Trump's last f--- you to the American people, and he has the balls to be planning a grand finale send off next week?:

Trump's departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews on the morning of the 20th is expected to be like a state visit departure event, per admin official familiar with planning. Color guard, military band, 21 gun salute and red carpet all under consideration for event, at the moment.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-01-15 02:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Mayor De Blasio Says NYC Will Run Out Of COVID Vaccine Next Week"

Really grateful my wife got her second dose yesterday. It's been a rough 10 months thinking every night when she comes home after spending all day treating covid patients if today is the day she's bringing the virus home. At the rate we're going I probably won't be getting vaccinated until Christmas. If I'm lucky.

#6 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2021-01-15 02:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The one saving grace to make this thing end sooner is being f&*%ed up by this incompetent administration.

They only care about short term good talking points, nothing else.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-15 04:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We were being teased that teachers would start receiving their first doses next week in California.

I guess I don't have to worry about going to the clinic any time soon.

JFC. What a cluster ----.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-01-15 10:45 PM | Reply

So... all these elderly people, here in FL sitting outdoors in what's been unusually cold and windy weather to get their first dose are not going to get their second?

Thanks, Trumpism!

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-15 10:55 PM | Reply

Liars. Incompetent liars is all the whole Trump gang are.

#10 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-01-15 11:23 PM | Reply


"Liars. Incompetent liars is all the whole Trump gang are."

It's their stock in trade. Totally predictable. Whatever gave anyone a reason to think otherwise.

I sincerely hope that Joe Biden has overstepped his authority and has been on the horn with these manufactures to be prepared to ship so fast it will make Trump's Warp Speed look like parked in neutral.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-01-16 12:07 AM | Reply

To be fair, the EU has the same issues. Cause, however, is the same.

#12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-01-16 12:27 AM | Reply

I suggest we interpret this as a practical joke. A sadistic joke played on us by Donald Trump. Another way a sociopath pulls our strings.

Punish Trump. Other sociopaths are watching.

#13 | Posted by Zed at 2021-01-16 08:02 AM | Reply

Utter failure.
Solidifies his place as worst president ever.
James Buchanan can finally rest in peace.

#14 | Posted by Docman at 2021-01-16 08:43 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

It figures.

#15 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-16 08:53 AM | Reply

"The one saving grace to make this thing end sooner is being f&*%ed up by this incompetent administration."

I think you are being generous in your thinking it is due to incompetence. I honestly believe there are more nefarious reasons for the mishandling of vaccinations.
Trump is a very angry and very vicious racist and I believe if we dig down to the real motivations he actually thought he could ethnically cleanse America by preventing black people and Hispanic people from accessing vaccinations.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2021-01-16 10:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This was intentional.

The responsible parties must be held accountable.

#17 | Posted by Angrydad at 2021-01-16 11:00 AM | Reply

Pentagon says they may send Beetle Bailey or Gomer Pyle to wave good bye but that's about it.

#18 | Posted by northguy3 at 2021-01-16 04:09 PM | Reply

Gotta admire tRump's consistency-lying like a cheap rug to the very end.

#19 | Posted by northguy3 at 2021-01-16 04:11 PM | Reply

How is it not malfeasance to lie about something like this?

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-16 04:17 PM | Reply

Trump should be in prison for so many reasons.

But he won't be held accountable for any of it.

Meanwhile, poor black and stealing hedge clippers? Life sentence.

#21 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-01-16 04:48 PM | Reply

Operation Warpspeed fell apart when it reached the part where trump needed to deliver.

Any moron can yell "faster faster!" at the pharmas, then take credit for whatever they produce. But I guess his need for speed didn't apply to distribution - the part that was his responsibility.

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-01-16 04:52 PM | Reply

Trump had secured enough vaccines for his rich white supporters.

It's not his fault the Democrats want to give it to everyone.

#23 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-01-16 04:56 PM | Reply

Where's arthurmann to argue this is a good thing?

My Satan, what a vapid moron.

FYI that was just to anger the fake christians.

arthurmann is still a vapid moron though.

#24 | Posted by billy_boy at 2021-01-16 07:41 PM | Reply

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