Dr. Anthony Fauci says that the U.S. will have to work double the time to make up for all the lost vaccination time this week. In an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, he said that the weather conditions had slowed things down, but things are nearing a halt at certain places.
Fauci said, “We’re just going to have to make up for it as soon as the weather lifts a bit, the ice melts, and we can get the trucks out, and the people out and getting the vaccine into people’s arms. We’re going to have to make up for it, namely do double time when this thing clears up.”
Several states have reported vaccine delivery and distribution delays. Many providers have canceled or delayed vaccination appointments as well. On Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said more than 2000 vaccine sites face power shortages.
The federal and state officials have worked towards boosting the numbers by adding more vaccinators to the roosters, opening mass vaccination sites, launching vaccination events, etc. Even with so many efforts, the delays are still intact.
With power outages and water problems during the storm, Houston plans to resume vaccination from Saturday. The one good news here is that the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna can be administered up to 6 weeks after the first dose.
UPS and FedEx say they are continuously working towards completing vaccine deliveries. UPS also says that they have ‘extensive contingency plans to get the deliveries done despite the storms.