Supply chain: US recovers quickly from vaccines delayed by winter storm

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The country has been rushing to vaccinate as many people as possible before variants become dominant

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci expressed optimism Sunday that vaccination sites across the country would quickly recover from weather-related shipping delays last week, administering the six million missed doses while increasing the number of new equipment.

“We can catch up quite well,” said Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser for Covid-19, noting that two million of the delayed doses had already been shipped.

The vaccination rate in the United States, which had accelerated after a chaotic start, fell last week after a winter storm hit much of the country. Approximately 1.52 million doses of vaccines were administered per day, according to a New York Times database. Although it is still above President Biden’s target, it was the lowest rate since February 8.

The country has been rushing to vaccinate as many people as possible before the most contagious and deadliest variants of the coronavirus become dominant. Bad weather delayed shipments of vaccine supplies from two locations: a FedEx facility in Memphis and a UPS site in Louisville, Kentucky.

More than 2,000 vaccine sites were in power outages, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Many were not only forced to shut down, but were left relying on generators to keep doses at the ultra-cold temperatures they need to prevent spoilage.

Texas, where the freezing storm left millions of people without electricity or water for a time, has reopened vaccination sites. The state has been assigned nearly 600,000 first doses of the vaccine for next week, according to the state health department, compared to the first 400,000 doses for the week of February 15.

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Doses that were supposed to be delivered last week are still waiting to be shipped to Texas from out-of-state warehouses, state health officials said. Missed doses are expected to be delivered in the first half of this week.

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