White House to redirect unordered vaccines to states where demand is higher
The White House on Tuesday warned states that unordered coronavirus vaccine supply will be made available to other states, Jeff Zients, Biden's COVID-19 response coordinator, told the Washington Post.
Why it matters: The shift in vaccine allocation — which comes after the administration reached its 100 million shots-in-arms milestone — would be the most significant shift in domestic distribution since Biden took office.
Details: The White House will add unordered vaccines into a federal bank, available to states where demand for vaccines outpaces supply, per the Post.
- States can order up to 50% above their usual weekly allocation, which will still be determined by the state's portion of the overall U.S. population.
What they're saying: White House Press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the plan to reporters at Tuesday's briefing, saying that states can still order a full allocation of doses if they want to.