COVID-19 vaccine supply smaller after manufacturing mistake

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal authorities has lowered vaccine-supply allotments for Washington, apparently due to issues at a facility producing Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Washington state well being officers mentioned Wednesday.

Comments in regards to the decreased supply Wednesday come as state well being officers put together to open vaccine eligibility on April 15 to everybody age 16 and over, The Seattle Times reported.

Health officers had anticipated the state to obtain no less than 600,000 doses of vaccine via state and federal applications for every week in April, however now Washington state expects deliveries of no less than 500,000 doses subsequent week. The federal authorities maintains the anticipated supply increase will come, however the timeline isn’t but clear.

“The three-week forecast is a little bit lower than we hoped for,” mentioned SheAnne Allen, the COVID-19 vaccine director for the Washington State Department of Health. “These are estimates, they do change …”

About 15 million doses had been ruined after workers for a contract producer to Johnson & Johnson blended elements incorrectly. The downside was found earlier than any dangerous doses had been shipped and it was broadly reported in new retailers final week.

Next week, about 1.3 million individuals will be a part of an estimated 5 million Washingtonians already eligible for vaccine.

With extra individuals turning into eligible, State Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah mentioned he hoped that vaccine supply would rise in May, if not later in April “so we can match that demand.”

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