As more healthcare workers and some long-term care facility residents receive the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday morning, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says the next round of doses could be delayed.
“We don’t know whether we’re gonna get any or not, and, um, we’re just gonna have to wait,” he said. “It would be shipped relatively soon if we got it. It’s a production issue with Pfizer. It has nothing to do with the federal government or nothing to do specifically with Florida. This is just what’s happening nationwide.”
Around 450,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are on hold.
However, officials with Operation Warp Speed reassured the public rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is on track.
“It is about a steady drumbeat cadence of delivery of vaccine out to the American people,” said Operation Warp Speed Chief Operating Officer Gustave F. Perna.
DeSantis said he has worked with the Trump administration to place orders with other companies developing vaccines, including Moderna.
The FDA advisory committee gave the Moderna vaccine a positive analysis, but that vaccine still needs FDA approval for emergency use authorization.
Approval could happen by the end of the week and nearly 400,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine could be delivered to the state by the beginning of the week.
Meanwhile in Arizona, 94-year-old World War II veteran John Mohun became one of the first people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine who is not a healthcare worker.
“Well, they needed some volunteers and you guys have been keeping me alive,” he said. “I would have died if I didn’t get it.”
With hospitalizations due to COVID-19 breaking records across the U.S., California activated its Mass Fatality Program, which included the purchase of 5,000 additional body bags.
“We just distributed them to San Diego, Los Angeles counties, and that should be sobering,” said California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The FDA will meet on Thursday to discuss the emergency use approval for the Moderna vaccine.
The federal agency has given emergency authorization for the first at-home, over-the-counter COVID-19 test.
The test costs $30 and sends test results to the user’s phone in as little as 20 minutes.
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