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January 15, 2021 10:58 AM UTC

Trump Admin Fumbles Vaccine Distribution Again

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  • by: Colorado Pols
President Trump and Gov. Jared Polis.

The Washington Post reports today, the word from the Trump administration earlier in the week that a “reserve” of COVID-19 vaccine doses would be released to the states under expedited new guidelines designed to get more Americans vaccinated faster, which had spurred hopes that the vaccine logjam would finally ease up, was in error:

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. The Trump administration had already begun shipping out what was available beginning at the end of December, taking second doses directly off the manufacturing line.

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 not immediately increase, 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.

Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado is not happy:

Though it looks to be more a matter of miscommunication and ineptitude than outright treachery, it’s just the latest broken promise from the Trump administration on what should be the highest priority in the nation–the race to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 as the daily death toll hits an unthinkable 4,000. The US ended 2020 with fewer than 3 million people vaccinated despite a goal set by the administration of 20 million. This is a failure compounding with each passing day, with a direct cost in preventable deaths.

Truly, January 20 cannot come fast enough.

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6 thoughts on “Trump Admin Fumbles Vaccine Distribution Again

  1. How many vaccine doses are going to Texas and Florida.

    Trump needed to win both states, and those states found lots of votes for him that were invisible to pollsters. Are they getting rewarded with the doses that CO just lost?

    What happened to the doses? First thing Biden needs to do is to audit this, and the rest of the Prince Jared Slush Funds.

    1. Vanity Fair did a deep dive into Kushner's misadministration of the Covid task force, especially regarding distribution of PPE and logistics on testing.

      He didn't get any support from his father-in-law, of course.

      Trump told his son-in-law ‘it’s going to be your fault because of the testing’, predicting he would lose the 2020 election

      I agree that we need to see an audit of how decisions were made to send vaccine doses out to states. It's obvious that there was no Federal plan. Did Jared or Trump influence which states got vaccines?

      Washington Post is tracking which states have vaccinated the most people, or percents of their populations. A cursory look at this does show some red-state bias, in my opinion, with Oklahoma, West Virginia, Alaska, the Dakotas having the highest % of people vaccinated.

      I'll wait for John in Denver to analyze this and tell me why I'm wrong. frown

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