The White House said Tuesday that it is upping the supply of coronavirus vaccines the federal government sends to states each week from 11 million to 13.5 million. It is also doubling the doses sent to pharmacies to 2 million. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said vaccine distribution has increased by 57% since President Biden was inaugurated on January 20.
The announcement comes after a bipartisan group of governors on Monday sent a letter to the president saying that better communication is needed in the vaccine distribution process and that plans to use pharmacies and health centers in the vaccine effort should be coordinated with states. CNN reports: “A person familiar with the situation, who asked not to be identified in order to speak candidly, said governors wanted the administration to be more clear with the American public that the constraints in receiving the vaccine are due to a national shortage of doses and not due to the failures of state and local officials, who are largely being blamed.”