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Trump Administration Moves To Clear Up ‘Confusion’ With Governors After States Say COVID-19 Vaccine Allotments Were Cut


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Trump Administration Moves To Clear Up ‘Confusion’ With Governors After States Say COVID-19 Vaccine Allotments Were Cut

The Trump Administration says miscommunication was to blame for a rift between the federal government and state governors who complained of receiving fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses than they were initially promised for next week’s round of deliveries.

“There was some confusion between planning and training numbers provided in mid-November and actual official weekly allocations, which are only available the week prior to distribution shipping because they are based on the number of releasable vaccine doses available,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a statement on Friday. “We are working on clearing up any misunderstanding with the governors and jurisdictions.”

The explanation comes a day after governors and health leaders in more than a dozen states criticized Washington for inexplicably reducing the number of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses planned to be shipped from what was originally projected. The bait-and-switch was particularly disruptive, the officials said, because the country is in the darkest time yet in the COVID-19 pandemic, with intensive care units being pushed beyond the breaking point and the death toll at more than 3,000 a day nation-wide.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, took to Twitter on Thursday after learning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which falls under HHS, that his state’s vaccine allocation in the next shipment would be cut by 40%. “This is disruptive and frustrating,” he said. “We need accurate, predictable numbers to plan and ensure on-the-ground success.”

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