Vaccine Shortages and Problems With Moderna

Mish

There are huge shortages of Pfizer's vaccine and California halted Moderna shots.

Promises vs Deliveries

Vaccine delivery is far short of goals set by the Trump administration. This will be Biden's mission to solve.

Cuomo Asks Pfizer to Sell Vaccines Directly to New York

Due to severe supply shortages New York Governor Cuomo Asks Pfizer to Sell Vaccines Directly to New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he asked Pfizer Inc. if the state could buy vaccines directly from the company because the U.S. government has failed to increase supply.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded eligibility to more than 7 million New Yorkers from 5 million “practically overnight,” Cuomo said Monday in a letter to Pfizer Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla. At the same time, the CDC hasn’t increased -- and in some cases reduced -- the supply to states. New York will get 250,000 doses this week, 50,000 fewer than last week. 

At that rate, it would take seven months to inoculate those eligible, Cuomo said during a subsequent press briefing. Pfizer is supplying the federal government with 200 million doses of the vaccine after receiving emergency use authorization. 

No state has ever purchased vaccines directly from the producer, but “my job is to pursue every avenue,” Cuomo said. He declined to say how many doses he was seeking or how he’ll pay for it, telling reporters, “First things first. First they have to agree.” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer also is seeking to buy vaccines directly from Pfizer.

Before we can even consider direct sales to state governments, HHS [Health and Human Services] would need to approve that proposal based on the EUA granted to Pfizer by the FDA,” the New York-based company said in a statement.

California Halts Moderna Vaccine Batch

Due to severe allergic reactions California Halts Moderna Vaccine Batch.

After several people had apparent allergic reactions at one California clinic, state health officials on Sunday told providers across the state to pause administering doses from one COVID-19 vaccine lot that arrived from Moderna.

The move, made “out of an extreme abundance of caution,” means that 330,000 doses distributed to 287 providers across the state can’t be used amid an already slow vaccine rollout. 

“A higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions were reported with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine administered at one community vaccination clinic,” California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan said.

Officials said fewer than 10 people needed medical attention over the span of 24 hours, but didn’t clarify what their allergic reactions were.  “All appeared to be experiencing a possible severe allergic reaction during the standard observation period—a type of adverse event that the CDC reports some people have experienced when receiving a COVID-19 vaccine,” state health officials said in a news release.

In a recommendation letter sent to providers Sunday, the state health department said it recognizes the extremely limited supply of vaccine, but added that there were no immediate replacement doses available during the pause.

Slow Start to Vaccinations

The AARP reports National Effort to Vaccinate Nursing Homes Is off to a Slow Start

Unlike the delivery of most COVID vaccines, which the federal government is handing off to individual states, the feds are spearheading vaccinations in nursing homes. Through its Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, the government has contracted with CVS, Walgreens and other pharmacies in certain states to supply and administer vaccines at no cost to long-term care residents and staff at their facilities.

"We could have every nursing home patient vaccinated in the United States by Christmas,” Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said in mid-December, describing the program.

CVS is partnering with over 40,000 facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living communities and other types of long-term care settings, to provide vaccines to up to 4 million residents and staff. Walgreens is partnering with roughly 35,000 facilities to provide vaccines to up to 3 million more. 

But as of Jan. 11, only 937,028 long-term care residents and staff have received first doses of a COVID vaccine through the program, according to the CDC's COVID Data Tracker. While that's likely an undercount due to reporting lags, the federal partnership has clearly fallen far behind initial targets.

Roughly 1 million out of 7 million received vaccinations by January 11, with HHS stating it would all be done by Christmas.

West Virginia Opts Out

West Virginia, which opted out of the federal program and instead used local pharmacies to administer vaccines, became the first state in the country to complete its first round of long-term care vaccinations on Dec. 30.

It's amazing and it's far ahead of any other state in the nation,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said in a December news conference announcing that first-round vaccinations would be complete in all of the state's 214 long-term care facilities by the new year.

HHS Says Vaccinate More

Six days ago Bloomberg reported U.S. Urges States to Widen Vaccine Access After Slow Start

The Trump administration will encourage states to widen access to Covid-19 vaccines as part of an effort to speed up a stumbling immunization campaign.

Health officials on Tuesday will push states to expand the shots’ availability to anyone 65 and older, regardless of underlying conditions that might put them at greater risk of severe disease, and anyone 65 or younger with such a condition, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Tuesday in an interview with Fox & Friends.

The U.S. also will no longer hold back second doses of the vaccine in order to make more shots available immediately, according to the Surgeon General.

Questions Abound

How do you speed things up when Pfizer reduces delivery and California quarantines 330,000 doses? 

Would you take the Pfizer vaccine? Moderna?

Meanwhile, the slow start to the vaccine rollout just got a slower due to supply reductions and at least one questionable batch.

Mish

Comments (35)
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Esclaro
Esclaro

I received the first shot of the Moderna vaccine a couple of weeks ago. Other than a sore arm for a few days I am fine.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

I have taken the Moderna...first dose. Due for the next on on the 26th.

Of the eight people on my team, seven have gotten round one. We had one person who had some swelling at the injections site...possibly a delayed hypersensitivity reaction. It resolved and she was told she can have round two.

The rest of us had some tenderness in the arm that was injected.....mine was 3 days.

One team member complained of nausea, which passed in a couple of days.

The Texas guidelines on the Group 1A and 1B groups were so strict......that in terms of actual eligibility none of us is actually even eligible strictly speaking) , as of yet. (Other than me and my wife, since we’re over 65. We made the old age cut.

Fortunately, the guidelines are being interpreted a little more loosely than they’re written. We have found a source that will vaccinate our people. I hope to have everybody vaccinated this week.

Kimo
Kimo

"A rough estimate of vaccine efficacy against developing covid-19 symptoms, with or without a positive PCR test result, would be a relative risk reduction of 19% (see footnote)—far below the 50% effectiveness threshold for authorization set by regulators."

Frilton Miedman
Frilton Miedman

Promising to release more from a stock pile that doesn't exist.

Nice parting gift for a new administration....whoops, thousands die as result of states' not knowing to prepare.

Thousands have already been killed via encouraged complacency over "fake flu" and "HCQ cures it". What's a few thousand more?

As for California, several reactions at a single location of 287 statewide, sounds like the reaction wasn't to the vaccine but something else specific to that location, the reactions would be widespread.

Carl_R
Carl_R

I would take either, but my preference is the Moderna. I expect to get it in late March or early April based on the current schedule.

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

I am skeptical Joe Biden is going to have 100 million shots in 100 days, not sure why he even made such claims. At this point, I wont get the vaccine until end of year or next year since I dont fall into any privelaged groups and that is fine by me.

I want to wait and see how well this works. If we still have covid running loose in December, there is not point in getting the shot. Will need to wait for the update.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

A co-worker told me today his family of 4 had COVID at Thanksgiving. The symptoms were so mild that they would not have known if the son had not gone for a precautionary test based on having a fever. I asked him if he was still going to get the vaccine? He flat out said, "NO!" He explained the mRNA in Moderna's and Pfizer's vaccines trigger the body to get ready to fight off a virus, but if no virus arrived, then there is a risk of the body attacking itself. He did clarify he would consider taking a vaccine based on a weakened form of the virus.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Mish, on a wider vista it's national security being tested,

Future defence will depend on the speed of being able to develop and roll-out anti-virals amongst civilian populations.
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Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

I'd like to congratulate West Virginia on being first in something other than opioid and meth addiction for the first time in its history.

Jojo
Jojo

I'm going to wait a couple of years or so to get a Covid vaccine shot.

JoeJohnson
JoeJohnson

As a medical professional who works with Covid patients in ICU I got the Moderna vaccine voluntarily. A lot of my colleagues had soreness, fever. I had no side-effects whatsoever.

Jmurr
Jmurr

Since hearing of the doctor whose platelet level went to 0 within 24 hours of taking the vaccine and died of a brain hemorrhage, I plan on waiting at least 6 months. Both vaccines were rushed and, like the Ford Pinto, are unsafe at any speed.

Sechel
Sechel

I found it ironic that Cuomo who rightfully complained about states competing with each other for ppe and ventilators suddenly is in favor of that model for vaccines? One word for that "hypocrite"

As far as allergic reactions in California, it seems like a production issue since it appears isolated to one batch.

The country does need to move forward with mass vaccinations. If we don't things only get worse. The virus is mutating to a more transmissible type which can only mean more deaths. The more this virus is out there the more it has a chance to mutate further

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

Incredible and OUTRAGEOUS how the media are brainwashing people again ! This time convincing, or even morally arm- twisting us into having the NEVER tried before mRNA shit injected into our, mostly, healthy system. It is only a matter of time for DISCRIMINATORY measures to be imposed on people refusing the jab ! An enormous post vaccination disaster might be looming at the horizon, NOBODY really knows, we ll find out next year or later! Hey but, don t worry, have your shots, clueless politicians and their clueless media want you to, and with profit driven big pharma companies, covering themselves against possible mishaps by means of secret contracts, everything gonna be great !


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