But the deployment was not perfect.
The vaccines arrived in all 50 states, including New York City, at the start of the largest vaccination effort in history.
But some states, including New Jersey, are not getting the expected number of doses.
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New Jersey is now receiving 20% fewer doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for the month of December than expected, with little explanation for Gov. Phil Murphy’s shortfall.
“First, I don’t think we have a satisfactory reason for this,” Murphy said on Friday.
The chief of Operation Warp Speed, Army General Gus Perna, apologized on Saturday for the reduction in deliveries and took responsibility for a “miscommunication” that took place.
“When we had to decide what was ultimately going to be shipped, I had to reduce the allowances to meet the releasable doses that had been presented to me,” Perna said. “So, to the Governors, to the Governing Staffs, please accept my personal apologies if this has disrupted your decision making and your conversations with the people of your great state. ”
Perna’s apology came after the FDA cleared the Moderna vaccine for emergency use, offering another weapon in the country’s fight against the virus.
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“We are going to crush this epidemic which has really terrorized us for 11 months,” said Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
So far, the CDC says about 272,000 Americans have been vaccinated, but the number of infections continues to climb in the United States with 250,000 new cases reported on Friday alone.
It comes as 84 million Americans plan to travel for Christmas.
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Dr Jake Deutch is an emergency physician and founder of Cure Urgent Care in New York. He fears that people let their guard down too soon.
“Everyone is looking for this loophole. “How can I see my family? What can I do to stay safe? “The only thing we can do to stay safe is stay at home,” he told CBS2’s Nick Caloway.
Moderna will start shipping 6 million does across the United States this weekend, reaching health care providers by Monday.
Nick Caloway contributed to this report.
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