The new director of the CDC says she doesn’t know how many doses of the vaccine the country has, as the finger-pointing about the slow rollout of the vaccine intensifies. The National Guard will stay on patrol on Capitol Hill until mid-March.
CDC is totally clueless on vaccine distribution
We live in a world where the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims the federal government does not know how many doses of coronavirus vaccine they have at any given moment, which seems like the sort of thing that would matter a great deal when fighting a pandemic and running a national vaccination program.
“I can’t tell you how much vaccine we have, and if I can’t tell it to you then I can’t tell it to the governors and I can’t tell it to the state health officials,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told “Fox News Sunday.”
“If they don’t know how much vaccine they’re getting not just this week but next week and the week after they can’t plan. They can’t figure out how many sites to roll out, they can’t figure out how many vaccinators that they need, and they can’t figure out how many appointments to make for the public,” Walensky said.
In a dig at the Trump administration, Walensky said the lack of knowledge of vaccine supply is indicative of “the challenges we’ve been left with.”
Wait, why is keeping track of this figure so hard? Right now, just two companies are manufacturing the vaccine. You can’t tell me there isn’t at least one person at Moderna and one person at Pfizer who knows how many doses each company has manufactured, how many doses have gone to the U.S. and how many have gone to other countries, and how many have been administered so far. At minimum, everyone should have ballpark figures for these numbers.
Didn't they say that "stay-at-home orders," shutting down businesses and "mask mandates" will change the trajectory of this pandemic?
Biden: “There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.” pic.twitter.com/bqrnovYmZU
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 25, 2021
Sleepy Joe admits he has no plan
Every company in the world manages its inventory using UPC codes, and radio-frequency identification chips can help track any shipment that gets misplaced or goes off-course. We live in a world where Amazon, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service can tell you exactly where your package is while it’s being shipped. Heck, even drug cartels keep careful track of inventory! And we’re being told the CDC can’t keep track of how many vaccines they’ve got and where they’re going? Was no one counting boxes as the shipments rolled off the production line or were shipped to destinations?
Separately, a New York Times article suggested that the administration does have, at minimum, ballpark figures for how many doses are rolling off the production lines and being distributed: “According to a senior administration official, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are on track to deliver up to 18 million doses a week. Together, they have pledged to deliver 200 million doses by the end of March.”
Is it too much to ask that this “senior administration official” call up the CDC and share the numbers they have with Walensky?
None of this makes any sense. Last Friday, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced his state had temporarily run out of the vaccine. But according to the Bloomberg chart, New York has used just 61 percent of its nearly 2.4 million allocated doses. Either the Bloomberg data are wildly inaccurate, or Cuomo is exaggerating supply problems to cover up distribution problems.