COVID-19 hotspots are climbing in places like Michigan and the northeast, although the White House continues to distribute vaccines based on people, states in need are conducting shorthanded.
President Joe Biden denied Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer request for more vaccine doses. She held a press conference Friday outlining her efforts to get more offenses, despite the president rejecting her call to action.
“I made the case for a surge strategy,” Whitmer said. “At this point, that’s not being deployed but I am not giving up.”
The plan instead should be, Whitmer added,”squelching where the hot spots are.”
Jeff Zients, the White House coordinator for the COVID-19 response, said in a seminar Friday that the White House would keep on distributing vaccines based on population.
“There are tens of millions of people across the country in each and every state and county who have not yet been vaccinated,” Zients said.
“And the fair and equitable way to distribute the vaccine is based on the adult population by state, tribe, and territory. That’s how it’s been done, and we will continue to do so.”
“The virus is unpredictable,” he added. “We don’t know where the next increase in cases could occur.”
Jennifer Nuzzo, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said how it would make more sense to supply the vaccine based on need, not only population alone.
“The biggest tragedy right now is that we have vaccines on hand that can prevent hospitalizations and death and, when we see a rise in that, it makes sense that we should act swiftly to try to prevent that from happening,” she said,
“If there are states that are struggling more than others, I think it makes sense for them to get additional vaccines.”