“We still have millions of cans in our warehouse, but we haven’t received shipping instructions for additional cans yet.”
– Statement from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer
As the Washington Post reports, Operation Warp Speed works just like anything else organized by the Trump administration:
Officials in several states said they were alerted late Wednesday that their second deliveries of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine had been reduced in the next week, creating widespread confusion and prompting the company’s CEO to make a statement according to which millions more cans than distributed …
… JB Pritzker (D), governor of Illinois, said the expected shipments to the state in the next two weeks had been roughly halved. The uncertainty was even more pronounced in Florida, where Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said new supplies from Pfizer were “on hold” when his administration officials reported their expected allocation in Tiberius, the Trump administration’s online tracking system , disappeared completely with, in order to coordinate with the states.
Part of the problem seems to be that the Trump administration made the decision to keep millions of doses of the vaccine on for reasons no one can really explain:
Some state officials said the late delivery of the second dose only made their planning difficult, while a person familiar with Pfizer’s care who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive details said there were many more doses available that would not be shipped as only the batches are held back for booster shots.
Another person involved in the planning, who spoke on condition of anonymity for not having the authority to discuss the situation, said Pfizer executives were stunned. The administration did not immediately distribute all of the vaccine and instead left much of it on the shelves. [Pols emphasis]
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee summarized what many state officials witnessed in a tweet on Thursday:
. @CDCgov told us that WA’s vaccine allocation will be cut by 40 percent next week – and that all states are seeing similar cuts.
It’s annoying and frustrating. We need accurate, predictable numbers to plan and ensure on-site success.
No explanation was given.
– Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) December 17, 2020
For a man who really wants four more years in the White House President Trump doesn’t seem too interested in doing the job.