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  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city has administered more than 220,000 doses in the last week while 455,737 doses have been given since the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved for emergency use last month.
  • He said Tuesday, however, that only about 116,000 doses are on hand after receiving only 53,000 doses for this week’s shipment.
  • He said the city could vaccinate 300,000 people this week if it had the supply.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) is warning that his city is on track to run out of COVID-19 vaccines by Friday as the city’s vaccination rate has outpaced supply provided by the federal government. 

"If we don't get more vaccine quickly, a new supply of vaccine, we will have to cancel appointments and no longer give shots after Thursday or the remainder of the week at a lot of our sites,” the mayor said during his daily coronavirus briefing Tuesday. 


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“We will have literally nothing left to give as of Friday,” he said. 

Amid a lagging vaccination effort across the U.S., de Blasio said New York City has administered more than 220,000 doses in the last week alone while 455,737 doses have been given since the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved for emergency use last month. New York this month ramped up its inoculation effort by opening vaccination sites, including 24-hour vaccine hubs. 

The Democratic mayor said the city could administer 300,000 doses this week if it had enough supply, but only about 116,000 doses are on hand after receiving only 53,000 doses for this week’s shipment. Unless the federal government moves to get the city more doses, it won’t see another shipment until next Tuesday. 

“We have the ability to vaccinate a huge number of people, we need the vaccine to go with it,” he said. 

While the Trump administration last year pledged to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID Data Tracker said more than 13 million people had received their first dose while more than 31 million doses have been distributed across the country. 

The incoming Biden administration has vowed to administer 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days. 


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Published on Jan 19, 2021