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There is NO vaccine stockpile: Reserve was exhausted when administration vowed to release doses

There is no federal coronavirus vaccine stockpile with reserve doses, a shocking new report claims.

On Tuesday, Health and Humans Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar announced the Trump administration would be releasing all shots that had been held back.

But state and federal officials tell The Washington Post that when that vow was made, the reserve had already been depleted.

In fact, as early as the end of December, the White House had been shipping doses to states that had just been newly manufactured. 

The HHS has refused to comment if or when they are getting more doses from either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.

On Tuesday, HHS Secretary Alex Azar announce the federal government would be releasing the coronavirus vaccine stockpile. Pictured: Azar speaks during a news conference on Operation Warp Speed on Tuesday

But a new report reveals the Trump administration that the reserve had already been exhausted when that announcement was made with Pfizer being stopped last year and Moderna last weekend. Pictured: A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at Queens Police Academy in New York

But a new report reveals the Trump administration that the reserve had already been exhausted when that announcement was made with Pfizer being stopped last year and Moderna last weekend. Pictured: A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at Queens Police Academy in New York

It remains unclear when the federal government will receive more doses with just 11.1 million people vaccinated so far (above)

It remains unclear when the federal government will receive more doses with just 11.1 million people vaccinated so far (above)

Because both vaccines given emergency use authorization in the U.S. require two doses, the administration initially planned to hold back 50 percent of the supply to ensure that people received their second dose. 

However, three people told The Post that doses of Pfizer’s vaccine stopped being stockpiled at the end of 2020.

This past weekend, the same thing occurred with Moderna.  

HHS officials did not immediately return DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

In a statement to CBS News, Pfizer said Operation Warp Speed – the government’s plan to fast track vaccine doses – asked the pharmaceutical company to start shipping doses second doses ‘recently.’

‘We have on hand all the second doses of the previous shipments to the US,’ the statement read in part.

‘We have provided OWS with a specific schedule and we foresee no issues in delivery on the commitments we made.’ 

Additionally, according to tracking data from Bloomberg, 1.78 million more doses were distributed as of Friday than had been on Thursday. However, it is not clear how this will affect distribution next week.

It is not clear how vaccine distribution will occur next week and how many doses will be coming off the manufacturing lines

It is not clear how vaccine distribution will occur next week and how many doses will be coming off the manufacturing lines 

Governors Kate Brown of Oregon, Jay Inslee of Washington and Andrew Cuomo of New York expressed their frustration and said they are running out of doses (above)

Governors Kate Brown of Oregon, Jay Inslee of Washington and Andrew Cuomo of New York expressed their frustration and said they are running out of doses (above)

The Post reported that the policy change about releasing reserve doses because federal officials believe the supply chain could keep up with producing booster shots. 

The news was a shock to governors and health officials across the country who had been hoping to increase the amount of doses they could get into arms.

Instead, they will have to conserve their already stretched-thin vaccine supply and determine who gets doses until more can be manufactured.

‘Last night, I received disturbing news, confirmed to me directly by General Perna of Operation Warp Speed: States will not be receiving increased shipments of vaccines from the national stockpile next week, because there is no federal reserve of doses,’ Oregon Governor Kate Brown tweeted on Friday.

‘This is a deception on a national scale. Oregon’s seniors, teachers, all of us, were depending on the promise of Oregon’s share of the federal reserve of vaccines being released to us.’

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York addressed the news during a Friday press conference, particularly as the CDC increased federal guideline eligibility recommending everyone 65 and older receive  a shot. 

‘You increase the eligibility, you don’t increase the supply, and now you have a very complicated situation,’ Cuomo said. 

‘I believe what [the administration] did was politically motivated. So on their way out the door they can say they made it available to everyone, and we increased supply…except they didn’t.’        

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee also responded to the controversy.

‘Governors were told repeatedly by @HHSgov there was a strategic reserve of vaccines, and this week, the American people were told it’d be released to increase supply of vaccine,’ he tweeted.

‘It appears now that no reserve exists. The Trump admin. must answer immediately for this deception.’

The announcement about releasing the reserve came after President-elect Joe Biden’s team said it planned to release all doses.

HHS Secretary Azar was initially against such a policy, saying it was unethical to release doses and make people potentially miss booster shots.

However. by the time he announced the policy change, he neglected to mention that the stockpile no longer had reserve doses.    




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