California Governor Gavin Newsom acknowledged on Monday that the administration of the vaccine “has not been good enough” since only about 35% of the doses that reached the state have been applied . Newsom promised new funding and efforts aimed at speeding up the rollout.
California has received just under 1.3 million doses of vaccines , but they have only been injected into just over 454,000 people , according to figures released by the governor.
Newsom also explained that “the first 10 or 15 days we are going to start to pick up pace slowly , then you will start to see a faster distribution”, but that, even so, he admitted that the process “had been too slow for many of us.”
“We want to see that 100% of what we receive is immediately applied in the arms of the people,” he said in a briefing. “It is a challenge throughout this country. It is a challenge, in this case, in the rest of the world. But that is not an excuse ”.
Another 611,500 are expected to be shipped to California soon . According to Newsom, the budget he will present to the state Legislature this week includes approximately $ 300 million to support vaccination efforts by funding logistics, a public education campaign and other needs .
He also promised to reveal more details “on some new strategies to deal with some obstacles” in the coming days.
Another challenge in vaccine distribution is ensuring that doses are not wasted . Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, both approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and available nationwide, are packaged in vials that contain multiple doses. Each of them has a limited shelf life once opened.