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President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 response group 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 Home Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Thursday that the ability outages and winter storm throughout Texas this week pose a “vital” downside for Covid-19 vaccine distribution. The Biden administration has introduced quite a few steps in current weeks to ramp up vaccine uptake, like transport doses on to retail pharmacies and group well being facilities.
“We’re simply going to need to make up for it as quickly because the climate lifts a bit, the ice melts and we are able to get the vehicles out and the individuals out,” Fauci stated 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 because the nation’s high well being officers, together with Fauci and Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, urge Individuals to tamp down the virus’ unfold so the U.S. can administer vaccines earlier than regarding, extremely contagious variants exacerbate the pandemic.
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— CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this report.