The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported its biggest one-day increase in Covid-19 vaccinations Friday as more states said they are struggling with vaccine supply.
The CDC said Friday that nearly 1.6 million more doses of the vaccines have been administered, bringing the total of doses given to more than 19 million.
And 1 million new shots were reported in the previous 24-hour period, according to changes in CDC data from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning. That was only the second time a one-day increase rose above 1 million. The number of administered doses reported this week also was 22% higher than last week.
While vaccinations are taking off, more states are complaining that they don’t have enough vaccine. New York will run out of Covid-19 vaccine doses Friday after using 97% of the first doses it received, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.In Louisiana, there’s no need to set up a mass vaccination site because the state doesn’t have enough vaccine doses to make it worthwhile, said Gov. John Bel Edwards.
People in Louisiana are “anxiously awaiting increasing allocations” of vaccine, Edwards said Friday. “We’re gearing up now to prepare for those increasing allocations, so that while we’re not doing mass vaccination events currently, we are planning and preparing for those,” he said.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said his state doesn’t need more distribution locations either but needs more doses of the vaccines.”I cannot be any more clearer. We have built the infrastructure that can handle this job. We need the doses,” Murphy said Friday.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the White House has asked the CDC to look into the possibility that states might run out of their allocated doses.”We’ve asked the CDC, to look into exactly this issue, and see what can be done,” Psaki said at Friday’s White House briefing.
After conversations with the vaccine makers on a “very regular basis,” President Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisers are confident the supply will increase in the near future, said Dr. Vivek Murthy, Biden’s nominee for surgeon general.
“Those conversations, I think, have given us more confidence that there is more supply coming, and that it will continue to steadily increase over the next few months,” Murthy said Friday on a webcast sponsored by the US Conference of Mayors.
The 19 million doses administered to people represent about 48% of the 39.8 million doses that have been distributed, according to the CDC.
About 5% of the US population — roughly 16.2 million people — has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 2.75 million people are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data updated Friday morning.
States have 72 hours to report vaccine data, so data published by the CDC may be delayed — and may not necessarily mean all doses were given on the day reported.