By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Twenty days into the largest mass vaccination program in U.S. history, questions are mounting about why the rollout is proceeding so slowly, even as the coronavirus pandemic kills Americans at record rates.
As of New Year’s Eve, roughly 12.4 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been distributed to states, and only 2.8 million of those doses have actually been administered, according to CDC data. Both numbers are far below the 20 million doses that Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar had vowed to have administered by the end of the year – and woefully behind the 100 million doses that President Donald Trump boasted would be administered by January 1.
Indeed, the table (right) shows the percentage of refrigerated shots that have been administered in each state, listed from the most efficient to the least. Federal public heath officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Surgeon General Jerome Adams, have blamed poorly funded state and local health offices for the sluggish vaccine rollout.
‘We’ve always underfunded public health going back several decades,’ Adams told Good Morning America on Thursday.