How States are Preparing for a Surge in Vaccine Supply
Getting shots to those who most need them will remain challenging
Margaret Fisher, a special adviser to New Jersey’s health commissioner, has grown accustomed to saying no — no to people vying for vaccines, no to businesses jockeying to reopen and no to anyone asking for predictions about when this plague might end.
But with more vaccine supply on the way, the pediatric infectious-disease specialist is familiarizing herself with a new word. “We’re hoping for a flood by April, and we will be enthusiastically ready to say, ‘yes,’ ” Fisher said.
State and local health officials who have spent months rationing shots are now racing to be ready for a surge in supply — enough for every adult by the end of May, as President Joe Biden promised last week. They’ve been advised to plan for between 22 and 24 million doses a week by early April, an increase of as much as 50 percent from current allocations, according to two people familiar with the estimates who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them
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