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New York Seeks Vaccines Directly from Pfizer After HHS Fails on Promise to Distribute Doses

HeadlineJan 19, 2021

Governors around the U.S. are accusing the Trump administration of misleading them about vaccine supplies, after The Washington Post reported the U.S. vaccine reserve was exhausted when Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar vowed to release more doses.

Here in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned the city will have to halt vaccinations next week without a major resupply. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday contacted the drugmaker Pfizer to see if he could purchase doses directly from the company, circumventing the federal government.

Elsewhere, California’s top epidemiologist has ordered a pause to the distribution of nearly a third of a million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine after a batch was linked to a “higher than usual” number of allergic reactions. The vaccines taken out of circulation represent about 10% of California’s total supply.

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