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President Joe Biden‘s Covid-19 response team plans to carry a press briefing on Friday amid a large winter storm that has shuttered vaccine distribution websites and delayed deliveries throughout the U.S.
White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Thursday that the facility outages and winter storm throughout Texas this week pose a “significant” drawback for Covid-19 vaccine distribution. The Biden administration has introduced quite a few steps in latest weeks to ramp up vaccine uptake, like delivery doses on to retail pharmacies and neighborhood well being facilities.
“We’re just going to have to make up for it as soon as the weather lifts a bit, the ice melts and we can get the trucks out and the people out,” Fauci mentioned throughout an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
FedEx and UPS bundle hubs within the Midwest had been additionally hit by the storm, inflicting a delay in vaccine shipments nationwide.
The delay comes as the nation’s high well being officers, together with Fauci and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, urge Americans to tamp down the virus’ unfold so the U.S. can administer vaccines earlier than regarding, extremely contagious variants exacerbate the pandemic.
— CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this report.