Coronavirus

“I can’t tell you how much vaccine we have”

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

It's clear that the Trump regime left the Biden administration with a massive mess to clean up, and it's abundantly clear that the former regime had no plan for distributing coronavirus vaccines, but that doesn't mean their non-plans can't look even worse as we learn more.

New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky says they cannot tell states how many doses of a vaccine they can expect to receive in the coming weeks because they actually have no idea how many are available.

The Trump regime apparently wasn't keeping tracking.

"I can't tell you how much vaccine we have, and if I can't tell it to you then I can't tell it to the governors and I can't tell it to the state health officials," CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told "Fox News Sunday."

"If they don't know how much vaccine they're getting not just this week but next week and the week after they can't plan. They can't figure out how many sites to roll out, they can't figure out how many vaccinators that they need, and they can't figure out how many appointments to make for the public," Walensky said.

In closely related news, New York has delayed the opening of mass vaccination sites because they don't have enough doses to inject people with.

New York City will delay opening vaccination megasites at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field as shortages leave the city unable to meet its goal of 1 million doses by the end of January.

The city has administered 628,831 doses so far, after receiving about 100,000 fewer last week than it had expected from the U.S. government. New York has about 19,000 designated first doses left and is expecting 107,000 more this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday at a briefing.

My father is suppose to be eligible for a vaccine as soon as next week, but we're skeptical that he'll actually receive one that soon. Ohio's guidelines for eligibility were written before we learned that there is no stockpile of doses; before Trump left office.

My personal expectation that I won't receive one until summer is unchanged even though the Biden administration is in charge now. Logistical bottlenecks that no one prepared for over the last year means even the best plans and intentions will take longer to implement.

I'm not necessarily upset over the delay for myself because I know we'll probably be wearing masks through this year anyway and I have more time to progress through my transition before we try to lead normal lives again. Literally everyone will be different in some way when the pandemic is over, but sometimes I laugh when I think about coming out of a pandemic as a different gender. I think it's healthy to have a sense of humor about that.