Michigan presses White House for more vaccines amid COVID surge

Syringes are prepared to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 during a vaccination campaign at WiZink indoor arena in Madrid, Spain, Friday, April 9, 2021. Madrid is expanding its mass COVID-19 vaccination program, with jabs being administered from Friday at the city's large WiZink indoor arena. Some 4,000 people between 60 and 65 years of age were due to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine there on the first day. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) (Manu Fernandez, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

DETROIT – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vowed Sunday to keep pushing the White House for more vaccines as Michigan sees a COVID-19 spike.

The Democrat told CBS’ “Face The Nation” that she plans to work with the White House but is “really encouraging them to think about surging vaccines into the state of Michigan.” President Joe Biden has said Michigan will receive more federal resources to support vaccinations, testing and treatments, but not additional vaccines.

“We are definitely grateful for the boots on the ground that they’re sending the mobile units. We’re definitely grateful for the therapeutics and the increased testing. Those are all really important,” Whitmer said. “But I am going to also continue fighting for my state."

Michigan has the highest rate of new coronavirus infections in the U.S.

The state reported 6,900 cases Saturday and 74 more deaths, including 57 compiled from a review of past records. The state's total has reached more than 738,000 cases, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service reported.

Michigan doesn’t report COVID-19 data on Sunday.

Whitmer on Friday urged a two-week suspension of in-person high school classes, youth sports and indoor dining. She asked for voluntary compliance of mask wearing and social distancing.