Behind America’s botched vaccination rollout: fragmented communication, wrongly assigned offer
The record-breaking development of Covid-19 vaccines was a triumph. Why does it take so long to vaccinate Americans?
The answer starts with tens of millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses that were not used in medical freezers in the United States in the first few weeks of the rollout.
When it was introduced, the federal government provided far more doses for nursing homes than the facilities required. A fragmented chain of communication between the federal agencies that ship cans and the local locations where they were ultimately injected left vaccines in the dark about how many patients they could schedule. Some hospitals and health departments were concerned about the limited supplies and withheld the cans to make sure they had enough to fire second shots for staff or make appointments.