Tuesday, February 23, 2021

EXTREME COLD DOES NOT GIVE UP: Snowstorms in the US disrupt vaccine delivery


– We predict that all the remaining doses will be delivered in the next week, and most of them will be delivered in the next few days – said Slavit, Voice of America reports.

The weather caused disruptions in the entire supply chain, Slavit said.

The weather is improving and deliveries are back on track, with 1.4 million doses delivered on Friday, Slavit said, adding that however, it will take time to clear everything up.

Extreme weather has spread to large parts of the United States since February 14.

Heavy snowfall and record low temperatures hit Oklahoma and Arkansas and caused power outages across Texas.

The storms thwarted the Biden administration’s efforts to boost vaccine supplies. Earlier in the month, on average, more than 1.5 million doses were delivered daily.

Preliminary data from last week show a sharp decline, but full numbers are not yet available.

Vaccine packaging plants of the pharmaceutical company Moderna were taken out of operation due to the winter storm, and the closure of roads delayed deliveries between the places of production, distribution and shipment.

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