Michigan governor’s administration refutes report that state delayed ordering hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office is refuting recent reporting that Michigan left hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses unordered from the federal government as members of the state’s congressional delegation pleaded for more vaccines.
Michigan governor makes request to purchase 100K doses of COVID-19 vaccine
According to Whitmer, since she and eight other governors sent a letter to the Trump Administration requesting that it distribute the millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses that are being held back, there has been no response. Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting permission to purchase up to 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines for the state. According to Whitmer, since she and eight other governors sent a letter to the Trump Administration requesting that it distribute the millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses that are being held back, there has been no response. “We remain ready to accelerate distribution to get doses into arms,” said Whitmer. After the governors sent the letter, the incoming Biden administration announced that they will release all of the available vaccine doses that the Trump Administration is holding back,” read a statement from Whitmer’s office.
Tracking massive vaccine operation in Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Monday afternoon, the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived at facilities in Metro Detroit. The vaccinations at Michigan Medicine and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital begin the journey toward the eventual safe full reopening of Michigan’s economy, schools and communities. The vaccine arrived at Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor just around 9 a.m. Monday. She then drove to Ann Arbor to get a sense of how the planning and execution was going. Michigan Medicine is working to make sure the process is right and watching for any adverse reactions or side affects.