According to a number of state officials notified by the White House on Tuesday, the Biden administration is increasing the weekly supply of COVID-19 vaccines to states and territories by 16% next week, and plans to allocate the injections to the governor with more advance notice. .
Next week, the supply of vaccines from states, territories and American Indian tribes will increase from 8.6 million doses to 10 million doses, and it will continue to grow at this rate for the next three weeks. The governor will be provided with a three-week vaccine distribution forecast, giving them more time to prepare a vaccine distribution plan.
President Biden is expected to announce changes to the country’s vaccine distribution plan at a White House event later on Tuesday.
Participants said that the federal government plans to purchase 200 million doses of COVID-1
This purchase increases the federal government’s total vaccine order from 400 million doses to 600 million doses, which will enable the federal government toA senior official in Biden’s administration told CBS News on Tuesday.
The newly purchased vaccine (which will be produced “over the summer”) has not yet advanced the timetable for all Americans to be willing to receive the vaccine.
The senior administrative official said: “It will take several months before we can really tell the Americans that this is what Dr. Fauci calls the “open season” for vaccination.” He said. “But with today’s announcement, we have now purchased enough vaccines to vaccinate 300 million Americans. This is good news.”
The Biden administration COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky, and Army General Gustave F. Perna are giving briefings to the country’s bipartisan governor, who is overseeing the national vaccine Distribution plan “Midward Speed Action”. Initiated by the Trump administration.
Representatives of multiple governors from both sides shared information about the conference call with CBS News.
Many state officials working for Democratic and Republican governors expressed relief at the increased supply of vaccines and the decision to give state leaders a three-week timetable.
A participant working for the Republican governor said on the phone: “Three weeks in advance is a lifetime preparation.”
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont called the increased supply and the new schedule “very helpful.”
According to phone recordings obtained by CBS News, Lamont said: “Supply can be traced back to a month ago, and it is a bit black box now.” “We can’t plan a week in advance.”
But some governors complained on the phone that the CDC’s current system of tracking vaccine distribution is creating unfair comparisons between states.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told Wallensky that the CDC tracking system is “misleading” because some states reserve a second dose of vaccine for people who are preparing for the first shot, while others choose to The second dose of injection. They receive them.
Cuomo said on the conference call: “I think the calculation of the second dose in the equation is misleading.”
According to the voice of the call, Cuomo also said: “For us, certainty is very valuable.” “In the overall Covid situation, we never got everything we needed-not through the federal government or the private sector. But with the facts. And certainty is a big advantage.”
Other governors asked whether the CDC could better explain to the public the breakdown of vaccine allocations in the state-how many are considered the “first dose” and how many are considered the second dose. These governors emphasized that doing so will help ease and inform the public about the speed of lens distribution.
Biden administration officials also told the governor that the federal government plans to continue to distribute vaccines on a per capita basis, instead of speeding up distribution to states through faster and more effective plans. This idea has surfaced in the closing weeks of the Trump administration. water surface. The decision to maintain per capita distribution is considered a coup in smaller states worried about vaccinating the population.
State officials also said that even during the transfer of power, the seriousness of the Biden administration’s early contact with the governor left a deep impression on them.
One participant said: “These appeals are very cordial in the two governments. But my boss is grateful for the seriousness of the Biden administration for extending a helping hand.”
Michael Kaplan contributed to this report.