Extreme winter weather condition across the country has actually postponed the arrival of 200,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Florida, according to a regional report.
The doses, which were at first anticipated on Tuesday, ought to now get here Thursday, stated Samantha Bequer, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Emergency Management, to the Naples Daily News. Even if the delivery does arrive Thursday, vaccine distribution will still likely be delayed, she alerted.
” The state has actually been working carefully with service providers and has actually recommended they begin to prepare for delays in their vaccine shipment,” she told the paper.
Vaccine consultations will potentially require to be rescheduled, Bequer said, advising companies to “not cancel consultations, however rather reschedule any consultations that may be impacted by this delay.”
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis likewise spoke to the hold-ups throughout a news conference on Wednesday, noting that in addition to the 200,000 Moderna dosages, the state is also waiting on an additional delivery of 9,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that have likewise been impacted by the winter blast.
A massive winter storm has actually swept throughout the U.S. in current days, specifically impacting the Midwest and Texas, where an estimated 2 million individuals have been left without power. The storm is also stated to be behind the deaths of at least 20 individuals.
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During a White Home press briefing on Wednesday, Jeff Zients, White House coronavirus task force planner, said that the administration was aware that ongoing storms were having an influence on distribution and shipment, which they were motivating governors in afflicted states to extend hours at vaccination websites once it was safe to resume.
” As we’ve lost a long time in some states, we hope that our partners will do all they can to comprise that lost ground consistent with dispersing the vaccine as efficiently and equitably as possible,” he said.
Fox News’ Alexandria Hein added to this report.