Guvs under siege blame hospitals for COVID vaccine fiascos

In New York City, hospitals only administered about 46% of their doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Several states further away in Florida, only 260,000 residents received their first dose of the vaccine on Sunday, even though there was enough for about 1 million people to receive their first vaccine.

The slow rollout, amid the surge in coronavirus cases, is driving state officials across the country mad as hell. Some are even threaten hospitals to administer their doses as soon as possible or risk losing them entirely, as well as heavy fines.

But while the need for faster vaccinations is clear, experts said scathing criticism was little more than politicians blaming themselves on overtaxed health systems.

“Across the country there have been problems with the delivery of vaccines,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a press briefing Monday. “I want needles in my arms, and I want this to be done as quickly as possible. If there are hospitals that are more successful at doing this, they should do it.

Since December, more than 15.4 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been distributed nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But only about 4.6 million people received their first vaccine on Monday afternoon, despite the federal government’s target of having 20 million people vaccinated by the end of 2020.

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