Further exacerbating the confusion was a new program that would give more doses to states administering them the fastest.
California counties are begging for more vaccine doses to reach millions of its senior citizens.
But a new report reveals the Trump administration that the reserve had already been exhausted when that announcement was made with Pfizer being stopped previous year and Moderna last weekend. Because of this, the administration was initially holding back those second doses in case there were manufacturing disruptions after the first dose was given.
HHS officials did not immediately return DailyMail.com's request for comment. "As a result, we have on hand all the second doses of the previous shipments to the U.S.", a company spokeswoman said in a statement.
'We have provided OWS with a specific schedule and we foresee no issues in delivery on the commitments we made'.
27 in the nation in COVID-19 vaccines administered per 100,000 residents as of Friday, Jan. 15, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, it is not clear how this will affect distribution next week.
People are stunned by the news, including Lori Tremmel Freeman, the CEO of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, who said her organization wasn't informed about the scarce supply of the vaccine reserve and had to read about it in the news.
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"It has become abundantly clear that not only has the Trump administration botched the rollout of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, but also that the American people have been misled about these delays", the governors stated.
"This is a deception on a national scale", Brown added, demanding an explanation from the outgoing administration.
"Because we now have a consistent pace of production, we can now ship all of the doses that had been held in physical reserve", Azar said Tuesday.
Like Inslee, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) tweeted Friday that she received "disturbing news" on Thursday about the absence of a federal stockpile.
'You increase the eligibility, you don't increase the supply, and now you have a very complicated situation, ' Cuomo said.
"I do not believe I misunderstood", Allen said and confirmed that OR would have to delay its plan to vaccinate seniors on January 23 since no surge in the vaccine is available.
After Governor Walz and eight other governors sent a letter to Secretary Azar last week requesting that the federal government distribute the millions of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses that are now being held back by the Trump administration, the administration announced that they will release the available vaccine doses.
'Governors were told repeatedly by @HHSgov there was a strategic reserve of vaccines, and this week, the American people were told it'd be released to increase supply of vaccine, ' he tweeted. "It appears now that no reserve exists".