COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Delays Already Being Reported By 12 States
On Saturday, the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine began to be shipped to multiple states in order to distribute it to front-line healthcare workers, who are at highest risk of COVID infection.
Twelve states are already reporting that they will not receive the amount of the Pfizer vaccine that they were supposed to. Iowa and Missouri might receive 30% less than expected, Kansas will receive 37% less, and Illinois might receive 50% less. Maryland, Florida and Oregon are already seeing delays in the vaccine’s delivery, and Nebraska will not get the vaccine until at least the “last week of December,” according to Gov. Pete Ricketts (R).
Floridian Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said on Tuesday that the 450,000 doses the state was supposed to receive, which are now “on hold,” blaming Pfizer for the delay. Pfizer released a statement on Thursday claiming that they had “successfully shipped all 2.9 million doses,” to the locations the federal government requested they send them.
“We have millions more doses sitting in our warehouse but, as of right now, we have not received any shipment instructions for additional doses,” said Pfizer.