Some Coronavirus Vaccinations Halt As NYC's Supply Dries Up
Jan 19 2021
"We know there is supply in this country not being used".
Later, during a news conference Monday, Cuomo acknowledged that no other state has bought vaccines directly from the drug maker but said "my job is to pursue every avenue". "We have to assume at some point the state is going to hear us".
Western New York has administered 72% of the doses allocated by the state.
"The COVID-19 vaccinations Northwell is administering today at Grace Cathedral International in Uniondale and Prayer Tabernacle Church in Amityville are an important step in our outreach efforts to communities of color that were hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic", said Northwell Health President & CEO Michael Dowling.
"That would be insane after all the progress has been made".
Similarly, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said he was "extremely disappointed" that the US Department of Health and Human Services "lied to" his state about promised reserved, second doses of the vaccine.
Cuomo announced on Friday that the first five community vaccination kits had been deployed to NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) housing developments across New York City. A Mount Sinai Hospital spokeswoman said "sudden changes in vaccine supply" forced it to cancel appointments through next Tuesday. That means it could sell directly to NY, or other states, if it has the doses on hand.
'Seven months is a lifetime, ' Cuomo said.
"The company's decision to opt out of Operation Warp Speed, which the Biden administration plans to overhaul, puts it in a unique situation that could help us save lives right here in New York", Cuomo wrote.
New York State's COVID-19 positivity rate and deaths fell slightly Friday as officials continue to wrestle with a "limited supply" of vaccine and a more contagious variant of the virus, Gov. Cuomo said. They must increase the supply. "All around the state, people are asking for the freedom to vaccinate", de Blasio said at a press conference today. According to the CDC, however, NY state has administered only about 757,000 doses of the 1.9 million it has received. "I am shocked and appalled that they have set an expectation on which they could not deliver, with such grave consequences". "The federal government is in control of the supply".
The cost per dose for the Pfizer vaccine is about $19.50.