U.S. faces surplus of COVID vaccine as demand slows

Coronavirus vaccinations in the U.S. are down nearly 25%. The drop comes as some areas experience a surplus in vaccines. Meg Oliver reports.

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- We want to turn overseas now to update you on India, because India is still struggling to contain a catastrophic second wave, breaking a global record with more than 360,000 cases in just one day. Well, here in the US, cases are going down, but the race to vaccinate America is facing a hurdle. CBS's Meg Oliver reports.

MEG OLIVER: Tonight, in Philadelphia, a surplus scare.

CHARLIE ELISON: The city has a lot of vaccines in cold storage that do have to get used in a very short timeline.

- With more than 1,000 doses expiring tomorrow, the city is now scrambling, shipping them to other distribution sites. So they won't be forced to throw anything out. Around the country, shots are sitting unused.

- I just don't think they did enough research on it.

- And for the first time in more than a month, the US is averaging less than 2.5 million vaccinations a day. Vaccinations are down nearly 25% after peaking on April 11. Meanwhile, in Oregon, a new COVID surge, triggering restrictions that includes a ban on indoor dining. But in Tennessee, the governor tweeting, "COVID-19 is no longer a health emergency in our state because of a widely available vaccine." But less than 25% of the state's population is fully vaccinated. In Lubbock, Texas--

- I am here at our large scale vaccination clinic, and as you can see, we have lots of empty chairs.

- Vaccine hesitancy remains high, and turnout, low.

KATHERINE WELLS: This is going to be an uphill battle. I really kind of see us in this time crunch of trying to get people vaccinated before we see some of these other variants.

- For those still hesitant to roll up their sleeves and appeal to the heart.

- Not since World War II have all people been called to come together to protect humanity's future.

- A nationwide coalition of health care providers running this ad with a single message.

- This is our shot to save lives.

MEG OLIVER: Today, the CDC unveiled new findings, showing the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are 94% effective in preventing hospitalizations. And fully vaccinated adults 65 and over here in Philadelphia, they're hoping to vaccinate more people by keeping sites like this one open later to attract walk ins. No appointment needed. Norah?

- That's some good news. All right, Meg Oliver, thank you.