Governors tell Biden some vaccine efforts are creating confusion and inefficiency

A person familiar with the situation, who asked not to be identified in order to speak candidly, said governors wanted the administration to be more clear with the American public that the constraints in receiving the vaccine are due to a national shortage of doses and not due to the failures of state and local officials, who are largely being blamed.

Governors also want more precise communication from the Biden administration on where vaccine doses are headed, the person said, after running into situations where there are vaccination sites without vaccine doses. States also don’t always know every pharmacy or assisted living facility that’s getting a direct shipment of vaccines from the federal government, further complicating distribution plans, the person familiar with the situation said…

“We need coordination between the federal government and the state government so we know what pharmacies they’re sending to,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic governor of New York, during a news conference on Monday. Cuomo is currently embroiled in a scandal over whether figures on nursing home cases in New York State were covered up.