Governor Tim Walz and his counterparts in Wisconsin (Tony Evers) and Michigan (Gretchen Whitmer) are asking the Trump administration to tell Pfizer where to send millions of COVID vaccine doses awaiting shipment — or allow states to purchase the vaccines directly. Walz says:
“We’ve explored it. It’s super-expensive…. But I gotta tell you now, I have to turn over every stone. I can’t count on them to do it.”
Walz says he’s “fit to be tied” after the Trump administration promised to release vaccine doses held in reserve for second shots, but the Washington Post reported the reserve was already exhausted:
“I was taking the victory lap when seven governors said release that and they (the Trump administration) said yes. I said, alright, we’re making progress. They knew when they told us they were gonna release ’em they didn’t have any. Who does that?”
Officials who spoke to the Post on condition of anonymity said the Trump administration’s initial policy was to hold back second doses to protect against manufacturing disruptions, but that approach shifted in recent weeks.