Biden Announces Covid Vaccine Surge to States

resident Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Washington.

resident Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

 

Connecting state and local government leaders

States will see more doses of the vaccine beginning next week and greater transparency about future shipments under the administration’s plan.

The federal government will send states at least 1.4 million more coronavirus vaccine doses a week and provide better estimates of how many doses they should expect going forward, President Biden announced Tuesday as he detailed efforts meant to improve the country’s pandemic response.

Beginning next week, states will see a 16% increase in the number of vaccine doses the federal government distributes, from 8.6 million doses to 10 million doses a week, Biden said. The administration also plans to provide states with three-week estimates detailing the number of vaccines in the pipeline in order to help local health officials prepare and ensure they have the resources in place to administer the shots. Currently, states are only told how many doses to expect each week.  

“This is going to help make sure governors, mayors and local leaders have greater certainty around supply so they can carry out their plans to vaccinate as many people as possible,” Biden said during an announcement Tuesday at the White House.

To further boost vaccine distribution, Biden also said his administration is working to procure another 100 million doses each from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna. The additional 200 million doses, combined with previous purchases, would position the United States to be able to fully vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of this summer.  

Governors and public health officials have complained about vaccine shortages and the lack of reliable vaccine shipment data. While some acknowledged that the Biden administration’s boost in shipments would still not adequately cover the current need for vaccines, they lauded the action as a step in the right direction.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said the Biden administration’s plan would increase the number of vaccines the state received by 11,000 doses. This week, the state received 70,000 doses, which are being prioritized for healthcare workers, nursing home residents and people over the age of 65.

“The fact is, we still need more doses,” Walz said, calling Tuesday’s announcement a good first step. “We have seen extraordinary demand for the vaccine in Minnesota, and we are working with a variety of providers to create a strong network of choices for Minnesotans when it’s time to get their vaccine.”

Several states have stood up large-scale vaccination sites in anticipation of vaccinating millions of Americans as they prepare to make the vaccine available to more people. But shortages, long lines at distribution sites, and difficulties making vaccine appointments have hampered the rollout in states across the country. 

“We've been going week to week and you really can't plan and schedule when you don't know what you're going to get next week,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, describing the planning difficulties states have faced. “You can't do it in any orderly way, so knowing what number we're going to get for the next three weeks is very important.”

As of Tuesday, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 44.3 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed to states and 23.5 million doses have been administered.

Earlier this month, when President Trump was still in office, a coalition of nine governors wrote to the administration asking officials to release millions of doses that were being held in reserve to provide second doses of the vaccine to people who have received their first shot. The Trump administration had indicated it would release the vaccines, but state officials said they had not yet seen any increased shipments.

Biden was critical of his predecessor’s coronavirus response, noting that when he took office last week, his administration found the vaccine program “in worse shape than we anticipated or expected.” But he said greater cooperation with states would improve the process.

“We now have a national strategy to beat Covid-19,” he said.

Andrea Noble is a staff correspondent with Route Fifty.

NEXT STORY: Anti-Vaccine Activists Peddle Theories That Covid Shots Are Deadly, Undermining Vaccination

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.