MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Sat, 15 May 2021 13:18:49 +0000 Weather delays pause some Arizona vaccine efforts http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/0f84414efe2445e9aaf181156422d385 Arizona's state health director says delayed shipments of some COVID-19 vaccine doses could be arriving in the state next week, as extreme winter weather across broad swaths of the U.S. has slowed shipments of about 6 million doses nationwide. (Feb. 19) 0f84414efe2445e9aaf181156422d385 Fri, 19 Feb 2021 23:16:40 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES - MUST CREDIT ++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES - MUST CREDIT Phoenix - 19 February 20211. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Cara Christ, Director, Arizona Department of Health Services:Reporter question: "How many doses of the Moderna vaccine were delayed due to extreme weather and when do you expect some of those Moderna vaccines to arrive?"Dr. Cara Christ: "I believe that it was all of the doses last week that were delayed. I'm looking to take a look. So, about 89,000 doses. We expect them to probably arrive....I haven't heard that anybody's gotten a notification of a weekend shipment so we are thinking that they're going to arrive next week, about the same time as potentially next week's doses. So, hopefully we'll have a lot more Moderna in the state next week and can get to some of those apointments next week that were cancelled." 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Cara Christ, Director, Arizona Department of Health Services:"The reason that it's impacting more so our rural counties is the Pfizer vaccine has some very, very stringent storage criteria. And so we have primarily allocated Pfizer to Pima and Maricopa County because those mass vaccination sites and our hospitals have the the systems and the available storage to be able to administer the Pfizer vaccine. And we've saved our Moderna vaccine primarily for the rural counties as well as smaller providers in Maricopa and Pima County."++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:Rural Arizona counties forced to cancel or postpone vaccination appointments because of delayed shipments of thousands of doses will hopefully receive them next week, health officials said Friday.Extreme winter weather is behind a lag of roughly 89,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Smaller counties paid the price since Moderna is earmarked for them because of its less stringent storage requirements. Mohave County was among those impacted when it failed to receive its weekly amount of 3,000 doses. The county as a result had to pause plans to phase in those 65 and older, educators and child care workers.The state will aim to adjust next week's allotments for the counties accordingly to include doses for all the appointments that didn't happen."Hopefully we'll have a lot more Moderna in the state next week and can get to some of those appointments next week that were cancelled," Dr. Cara Christ, director of the state Department of Health Services, told reporters during a virtual briefing. Arizona's weekly Pfizer vaccine allotment of roughly 85,800 was also initially delayed but arrived mid-week. Among the locations where Pfizer doses are administered are the two state-run mass vaccination sites in Phoenix and a third that opened at the University of Arizona in Tucson on Thursday. There was no disruption to appointments as the state was able to redistribute some Pfizer doses, Christ said.The disruptions nationwide caused by frigid temperatures, snow and ice left the White House and states scrambling to make up lost ground as three days' worth of vaccine shipments were temporarily delayed. The White House coronavirus response adviser Andy Slavitt said Friday that the federal government, states and local vaccinators are going to have to redouble efforts to catch up after the interruptions. The setback comes just as the vaccination campaign seemed to be on the verge of hitting its stride. All the backlogged doses should be delivered in the next several days, Slavitt said, still confident that the pace of vaccinations will recover.Biden has set a goal of administering 100 million shots in his administration's first 100 days, and it seemed likely that could be easily accomplished before the storms.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Arizona's state health director says delayed shipments of some COVID-19 vaccine doses could be arriving in the state next week, as extreme winter weather across broad swaths of the U.S. has slowed shipments of about 6 million doses nationwide. (Feb. 19) Weather delays pause some Arizona vaccine efforts