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The new director of the CDC on Sunday said the US doesn’t have enough COVID-19 vaccines to send to New York “as we would like.”
“We don’t have as many doses as we would like now for states like New York for other states that are claiming to have run out of vaccine,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky told anchor Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
Walensky predicted that the inadequate vaccine supply will be one of the biggest challenges in the first weeks of President Biden’s term.
“I think that the supply is probably going to be the most limiting constraint early on, and we’re really hoping that after that first 100 days we’ll have much more production,” Walensky said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday called on Biden “to do whatever he can to increase the supply,” claiming that the Empire State’s vaccine stockpile was running so low it “may already be exhausted.”
“We have 28,000 dosages in the state left from week 1 to 5,” Cuomo said.
“Problem is, we administer about 80,000 dosages per day. So, 28,000 doesn’t get you through the day when you’re doing 80,000 dosages per day.”
The state expects to get another 250,000 doses this coming week, in line with what it has been receiving in past weeks. Each state’s allotment is based on population, according to the feds.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday also implored Biden to send more shots — and to allow states to use supplies designated as second doses as first doses.
Biden has pledged to deliver 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the first 100 days of his presidency — but critics have noted that would merely keep the country on its current pace.
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