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Perna Apologizes for Vaccine Rollout 'Miscommunication'


Sun 20 Dec 2020 | 10:45 AM
Omnia Ahmed

Head of U.S. Operation Warp Speed ​​General Gustav Perna apologized, Saturday, for “miscommunication” in launching the coronavirus vaccine, admitting failure over the initial number of doses promised to states.

"I want to take personal responsibility for the miscommunication. I know that's not done much these days, but I am responsible and I take responsibility for the miscommunication," Perna said.

“So to the governors and the governors' staffs: Please accept my personal apology,” Perna added. “If this was disruptive in your decision making and in your conversations with the people of your great state, I will work hard to correct this.”

“I'm the one who approved forecast sheets. I'm the one who approved allocations," he stated. “There is no problem with the process. There is no problem with the Pfizer vaccine. There is no problem with the Moderna vaccine.”

“I failed. I'm adjusting. I'm fixing and we'll move forward from there,” he went on saying.

The vaccine rollout began Monday; however, governors and health officials, in more than dozen states, mentioned that the next shipment of Pfizer's vaccine had been cut from what was originally promised.

The General described it as a “planning error,” adding that “the number of doses available to us to assign ended up going down.”

"As we gave forecasts to the jurisdictions and governors, and states worked their priorities against those forecasts, when we had to decide what was going to eventually be shipped out, I had to lower the allocations to meet the releasable doses that were presented to me," the General mentioned.

“This is disruptive and frustrating,” Governor Jay Inslee of Washington state tweeted on Thursday. “We need accurate, predictable numbers to plan and ensure on-the-ground success.”

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer also expressed her anger, stating the White House was “slow-walking the process.”