Though the governor also requested more vaccine doses from the federal government, White House COVID coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters Friday that the "fair and equitable" way to distribute the vaccine was to prioritize states with the largest adult populations.
"We kept our spread low for a long period of time, so we've got reservoirs of people that don't have antibodies". And by and large, they're doing a great job. We are seeing a surge in MI despite the fact that we have some of the strongest policies in place, mask mandates, capacity limits, working from home. We've asked our state for a two week pause.
White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt told reporters the US government would work to ensure that states such as MI were ordering the full amount of vaccine that was available to them but said that shifting distribution was not in line with the administration's public health strategy. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead. How do you respond to that?
"I don't think there's a governor in the country that's leaving any vaccines on the table". "But we have thousands of partners ready to put shots in arms".
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"It's really frustrating because we're nearly there", he added. We've spent a lot of time with the COVID Response Team, walking through. I think we found some common ground at the end of last week around the data.
"We've got to be able to do this when there are surges to try to help states out", says r. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. We could get more vaccines in arms.
"We have to remember the fact that in the next two to six weeks, the variants that we've seen.in MI, those variants are also. present in other states", he told reporters on a conference call. And so it's on all of us to recognize we can squash where we're seeing hot spots.
While Whitmer implemented some of the nation's more stringent mitigation measures during previous surges of coronavirus infections, she would also not commit to mandating children get vaccinated before returning to school. And we are definitely grateful for the boots on the ground that they're sending the mobile units.