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NYC to get more vaccines amid severe shortage

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city has just 7,700 COVID vaccine doses on hand and he is hoping to be able to start using jabs designated second doses for first shots. (Jan. 26)

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BILL DE BLASIO: We have just about 7,700 doses on hand. Uh, but the bigger challenge here-- I talked about it earlier this morning-- is that we have doses that are waiting for that second dose use but for over two weeks in the future. As of the end of yesterday, that number was almost 100,000 doses.

DAVE CHOKSHI: For the specific question about how many, um, first doses we're expecting this week, it's approximately 107,000 that we're expecting. Those deliveries will occur over, uh, today and tomorrow, and that will allow us to fulfill the appointments that have been, um, scheduled through the course of this week. The goal, of course, is to not have to cancel or reschedule, uh, any appointments. Um, but the fact of the matter is that if we have more supply, we would be able to schedule additional appointments, um, beyond what we're expecting for this week.

BILL DE BLASIO: Let's use what we have now because we obviously see more efforts being made to increase supply. We know Johnson & Johnson is coming. And even if we have to say to people, your second dose is gonna be slightly delayed, it's still better to get a first dose in as many people's arms as possible to give them that 50% protection. That's what I'm arguing. Otherwise, what we're left with is a situation we can do very few vaccinations at all. We're just stuck right now because we don't have supply.