In the final weeks of the Trump administration, the great news of multiple successes in developing safe and extremely effective vaccines for COVID-19 got tempered with bad news on logistical bottlenecks and slower-than-expected production. The opening two weeks of the Biden administration didn’t produce any immediate improvement on either issue, despite promises during the campaign and transition that Biden had a plan to unlock mass access to vaccines. Governors have complained for weeks about slow supplies and overwhelming demand.
Today, however, they got some good news from the White House. Pfizer will accelerate its deliveries of vaccines in the first quarter. Washington Post reporter initially reported it as an increase of 50 million doses, but the increase is in the dosage-per-bottle change from a previous commitment on increases:
Deleted a previous tweet about increased Pfizer allocations this quarter, which I regret. Misunderstanding on call with governors about already announced increase of 20m this quarter + effects of counting the sixth dose.
— Isaac Stanley-Becker (@isaacstanbecker) February 9, 2021