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A new year brings same problems with delayed vaccine distribution

January 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Trump administration enters 2021 well short of its goal to vaccinate 20 million people by January 1, leaving state health officials across the country scrambling to ramp up a massive vaccine distribution effort that is crucial to defeating the pandemic and yet faces critical delays.

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration enters 2021 well short of its goal to vaccinate 20 million people by January 1, leaving state health officials across the country scrambling to ramp up a massive vaccine distribution effort that is crucial to defeating the pandemic and yet faces critical delays.

And in Ohio, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said he is not satisfied with the number of vaccines that have been administered in his state, as well as the compliance of those in priority groups electing to receive the vaccine.

Several states have also said it's been difficult to plan a vaccine rollout when their supply numbers from the Trump administration are constantly changing and they are only receiving information on vaccine supply on a week-to-week basis.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday on NBC's "Today" that the federal government could still help states ramp up vaccine distribution without controlling every step.

Trump administration officials insist that a lag in states' reporting vaccinations is one reason for the low numbers, but they acknowledged this week that even with the lag, the numbers are behind and the federal government needs to be doing a better job addressing bottlenecks.

According to one Republican state official, one big problem has stemmed from states being placed in charge of all of the logistical decisions of getting the vaccine to providers once they receive shipments from the federal government, particularly the so-called "last mile" the vaccine travels before it's given to individuals.

"The Federal Government has distributed the vaccines to the states, he tweeted Wednesday.

President-elect Joe Biden charged Tuesday that the Trump administration's plan to distribute vaccines had fallen "far behind," pledging to provide more federal leadership and administer 100 million shots to cover 50 million people within the first 100 days of his administration, though adding that Congress would need to provide funding to hit that goal.

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