Extreme Winter Weather Creates Backlog Of 6 Million Vaccine Doses

White House authorities on Friday validated the extent of the weather conditions chilling result on COVID-19 vaccine circulation, stating this weeks storms produced a backlog of some 6 million doses affecting all 50 states.

The effect of the historic storms on vaccine distribution became clear throughout the week, as dangerous driving conditions and prevalent power failures forced many states and localities to cancel vaccine visits and shut down centers. Lots of, from Nevada to Florida, reported getting word of postponed shipments.

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A sign at a vaccination site in Los Angeles reflects the setback in vaccine distribution as an outcome of this weeks storms. White House officials stated Friday that the severe weather delayed the delivery of some 6 million dosages across the country.

Extreme weather condition snarled the procedure at 3 primary places along the distribution chain, according to Slavitt. Many UPS, FedEx and McKesson employees were snowed in and not able to package the vaccines and products, and road closures even more held up deliveries in between hubs.

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“With everybodys hard work and collective effort we will be able to catch up, however we understand this will mean asking more of individuals,” Slavitt stated.

An indication at a vaccination website in Los Angeles reflects the trouble in vaccine distribution as a result of this weeks storms. White House authorities stated Friday that the extreme weather condition postponed the delivery of some 6 million doses throughout the country.

“If we all collaborate, from the factory, all the method to the vaccinators, we will offset it in the coming week,” Slavitt said throughout the rundown.

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States, websites and vaccinators ought to take additional actions to get ready for additional vaccine volume and get doses into more individuals arms, Slavitt said. The administration is asking vaccine websites to extend their hours, provide additional consultations and attempt to reschedule canceled appointments in the coming days and weeks.

That number represents 3 days worth of delayed deliveries, said Andy Slavitt, senior consultant on the White House COVID-19 Response Team. He included that numerous states have actually had the ability to cover a few of the delay with their existing inventory, which the Biden administration expects to make up the stockpile quickly.

He said 1.4 million dosages remain in transit on Friday, and that many of the backlogged doses are expected to be delivered within the next a number of days.

And more than 2,000 vaccination websites were located in areas without power, Slavitt stated, indicating they would have been not able to store doses at the proper temperature levels. Dosages for those websites were held back instead of risk expiration, he said, and will be delivered as quickly as weather permits.

He also revealed plans to stand up five additional mass vaccination sites in Florida and Pennsylvania, which the federal government will deal with state and local jurisdictions to get up and running in the next two weeks.