Trump’s Covid Vaccine Chief Admits Delivery Mistake


Trump’s Covid Vaccine Chief Admits Delivery Mistake

The army general in charge of distributing Covid vaccines in the US has admitted he failed over the initial number of doses promised to states.

Gen Gustave Perna, the head of Operation Warp Speed, said he took “personal responsibility for the miscommunication” to state governors.

More than a dozen states have expressed alarm at a cut in the expected number.

The Pfizer-BioNTech doses are being rolled out following approval – and a Moderna vaccine is now also approved.

The US has registered more than 17.5 million of the 76 million infections confirmed globally since the pandemic began, along with 315,000 deaths. Both are the highest numbers in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University research.

What did the general say?

Gen Perna apologised several times to state governors during a telephone briefing to reporters.

He said he had given out the numbers of doses based on what he believed would be ready, stressing it was his personal fault.

“I’m the one who approved forecast sheets. I’m the one who approved allocations,” he said. “There is no problem with the process. There is no problem with the Pfizer vaccine. There is no problem with the Moderna vaccine.

“I failed. I’m adjusting. I’m fixing and we’ll move forward from there.”

US media said some states had been told the doses they would get next week would be lower. The New York Times listed 14 states by name, including California, New Jersey and Michigan.

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Governor Jay Inslee of Washington state tweeted on Thursday: “This is disruptive and frustrating. We need accurate, predictable numbers to plan and ensure on-the-ground success.”

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the White House was “slow-walking the process”.

Gen Perna said: “Please accept my personal apologies if this was disruptive to your decision-making.”

Trump’s Covid Vaccine Chief Admits Delivery Mistake


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