Trump’s Coronavirus vaccine chief admits delivery mistake

Trump's Covid vaccine chief admits delivery mistake
Gen Gustave Perna: "Please accept my personal apologies". Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: The army general in charge of distributing coronavirus vaccine in the United States has admitted he failed over the initial number of doses promised to states.

The head of Operation Warp Speed, Gen Gustave Perna, said he took “personal responsibility for the miscommunication” to state governors.

More than a dozen states in the country have expressed alarm at a cut in the expected number.

The Pfizer vaccines are being rolled out following approval – and a Moderna vaccine is now also approved.

The US has registered more than 17.5 million of the 76 million coronavirus infections confirmed globally since the pandemic began, along with 315,000 deaths, more than any other country, according to Johns Hopkins University research.

During a telephone briefing to reporters, Gen Perna apologised several times to state governors.

He said he had given out the numbers of doses based on what he believed would be ready, stressing it was his personal fault.

He said: “I’m the one who approved forecast sheets. I’m the one who approved allocations.”

“There is no problem with the process. There is no problem with the Pfizer vaccine. There is no problem with the Moderna vaccine,” the head of the vaccine operations said.

“I failed. I’m adjusting. I’m fixing and we’ll move forward from there,” he admitted.

US media said some states had been told the coronavirus vaccine they would get next week would be lower. The New York Times listed 14 states by name, including New Jersey, California and Michigan.

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