• WaPo: =?ISO-8859-1?B? 0xvZ2lzdGljYWuU?= Problems Behind Vaccination Sta

    From Ubiquitous@21:1/5 to All on Tue Mar 2 21:05:01 2021
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    _What_ vaccination stall, readers might ask? It’s been very apparent
    here in Minnesota, where appointment availability in participating
    pharmacies dried up early last week before the
    worst of the storm hit, and have yet to materialize almost a week after
    it passed. I’ve mentioned it on Twitter the last few days; the only participating pharmacy still scheduling
    vaccinations is mainly-rural ThriftyWhite.

    The media, however, has seemed curiously incurious about the lack of
    supply. Today the Washington Post finally reports that “logistical”
    problems kept pharmacies and states from
    getting their planned distributions, and that might continue into next

    Major pharmacy chains around the United States are supposed
    to be getting direct shipments of vaccine doses — one way
    the Biden administration is hoping to speed the immunization

    But winter weather, manufacturing delays and logistical
    problems have lately hampered the initiative, forcing some
    pharmacies to reschedule appointments or scramble to distribute
    vaccines they weren’t prepared for.

    The administration says “very, very few” vaccine doses were
    distributed through the direct-to-pharmacy program last week.

    That’s according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Health
    and Human Services, who pointed to an announcement by vaccine
    maker Moderna that some of its shipments were being delayed
    because of some hiccups in the final stages of production.

    The hiccups are understandable — to a point. The polar-vortex-ish
    weather that descended two weeks ago would have made shipping
    unreliable … in some areas of the country, especially
    Texas. Manufacturers will experience momentary stoppages at times.
    Distribution channels will fumble occasionally, too.

    However. A stall of this magnitude and length across the board is
    certainly odd, or at least noteworthy. And yet, no major media outlets
    seemed at all curious about it, not even when
    their own data should have led them to question the situation. For
    instance, the Star Tribune’s data on daily vaccinations in Minnesota
    show a decline in daily additions to the ranks
    of the vaccinated that stretches back a month — even while the state
    expanded the program to pharmacy chains:


    That decline in the rate of vaccinations began _before_ the storm,
    which never seriously impacted the roads in Minnesota, and has
    continued after it. It’s not that the demand has
    decreased either, but that the availability of appointments has
    evaporated. Even today, the only pharmacy chain making appointments at
    all is ThriftyWhite, and most of that appears to
    be next week and further out, contingent on getting supplies.

    It’s tough to look at this data and the lack of media curiosity and
    conclude anything other than these outlets have little interest in
    reporting on poor performance from the Biden
    administration. Joe Biden himself keeps insisting that we didn’t have
    vaccines or a plan before he got into office, but at least here in
    Minnesota, the delivery rate of vaccinations
    was peaking as Biden came into office and seems to be declining ever
    since, weather or no. Maybe a media outlet will dig into this a little
    more deeply than regurgitating press
    releases about “logistical” issues … now that we know the issue exists.

    Update: My pal Jim Geraghty wrote about this issue from a different
    angle. Vaccines are getting distributed to the states, according to the
    data, regardless of weather issues. So why
    are vaccination rates declining?

    Ugh. Yesterday I noted that the percentage of distributed
    vaccinations had declined from 83.9 percent on Monday to 75
    percent Thursday, and the number of in-transit or unused doses
    increased from about 12.2 million doses Monday to 22.2 million
    doses Thursday.

    This morning, the numbers are even worse. The percentage of
    administered doses is down to 74 percent, and the number of
    in-transit or unused doses is now up to 23.3 million doses.

    As the mid February winter storms recede in our collective
    rearview mirror, “bad weather” makes less sense as an
    explanation for the building backlog. Pfizer and Moderna seem
    to have overcome weather-related issues to get the doses
    _distributed_ to the states. So why is it so much harder to get
    the distributed doses administered?

    Are we sure it’s just weather issues?

    Trump won.

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