“I think it’s important that when you’re looking at states’ inventories that you recognize that some of that inventory is being held for the very important second shot,” White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said yesterday.
Some of the distributed doses may have also just arrived at their destination or may still be on the way, and there’s also a lag in reporting the number of shots given, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a CNN town hall Wednesday night.
Still, a bottleneck remains, she said.
“When you do all that math, you still end up with some millions of doses that are sitting on the shelves and have not yet been administered,” Walensky said. “And in fact, that’s one of the ways that we have to get resources to the states to make sure that they can quickly administer the vaccines that are on the shelves.”