Anna Nagurney: Where are the vaccines?

Published: 2/26/2021 8:57:40 AM

First, I would like to thank you for your excellent coverage of the COVID-19 in our region and beyond. Having data transparency and information now are imperative as we wage the battle against the coronavirus.

In the article, ”COVID-19 cases spike at UMass,” on Saturday, Feb. 6, it is stated that the state of Massachusetts has received 896,300 doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, and 681, 472 doses have been administered. However, the CDC reports on the same date that Massachusetts has received 1,229,075 doses and has administered 652,929.

It is understandable that there may be some delays in updating the reports. It appears that over 350,000 doses are somehow unaccounted for in the state of Massachusetts.

Our new CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, noted back in late January that she did not know how many doses of vaccines the United States has. It is imperative for our great state and the country to do a full accounting, tracking, and traceability of the vaccines, and to report accordingly. Accurate data build trust and, importantly, allow the vaccine rollout to proceed for effectively, efficiently, as well as equitably. This is a matter of saving lives, our society, and economy. We need to know, “where are the vaccines?”

Anna Nagurney



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