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Trump Admin Lies About Vaccine Stockpile, Endangering Oregon's Vax Plan

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference on Operation Warp Speed and COVID-19 vaccine distribution Tuesday Jan. 12 2021 in Washington

Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services, said Tuesday that instead of holding second doses back they would be sent out immediately. They thought the newly released vials could be used to give people the first of their required two shots, Hannan said, which could in turn help vaccinate more people.

Holt remarked that he's offering "a pretty rosy assessment", and added, "But there are folks watching right now who are in the eligibility list right now, they can't get through on crashing websites, they can't make appointments on phones..."

"I'm not suggesting every state start a bidding war but what I am suggesting is the United States isn't locking in those doses", she said.

The Democratic state leaders say the lack of a federal reserve will upset plans to increase the speed and scope of their vaccination campaigns.

"We now have enough confidence that our ongoing production will be quality and available to provide the second dose for people", the HHS secretary said.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Friday he is "extremely disappointed that we were lied to" about the reserve vaccines, and that the next vaccines "will be delivered in the future of the supply chain".

A senior administration close to the situation told the outlet that the Trump administration said it would be releasing those reserved doses on Friday.

"Drawing on my leadership of pandemic flu preparedness efforts during my earlier tenure at HHS and subsequent experience in the private sector, we created a historic partnership with the Department of Defense, our scientists, and the pharmaceutical industry to bring therapeutics and vaccines to the American people in record time", Azar wrote.

By the federal government's count, the 10th-most populous state had 3,647 shots administered per 100,000 residents, before Friday.

At the news conference on Tuesday, Azar had said that the government was making its full reserve of doses available, saying that federal officials were satisfied that production levels would be able to meet demand. "The Pfizer vaccine is what we move out as soon as it gets here".

Azar responded to the governors in a thread on Twitter on Saturday, calling their claims "completely misleading" and a "debasement". Mississippi's state health department said in a statement Friday that it expected to have additional drive-through appointments in more locations during the week of January 25, based on expectations for supply.

"We had a stockpile of reserved second doses from December".

Whitmer hasn't received a response to her request to directly purchase 100,000 doses from the MI developer.

As the USA presidency changes hands on Wednesday, one of the Trump administration's remaining Cabinet members will officially remove his own name from the payroll. Biden has vowed to dispense 100 million doses in his first 100 days in office. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 12 million doses have been administered.

At least one New York City healthcare system, Mount Sinai Hospital, canceled vaccination appointments, and another, NYU Langone Health, suspended new ones amid shortages, officials said.

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