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Governor says Oregon won’t receive expected vaccines next week

Gov. Kate Brown said she is demanding answers from the Trump Administration about the change in plans.

Posted: Jan 15, 2021 8:46 AM
Updated: Jan 15, 2021 11:50 AM

SALEM, Ore. – Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that Oregon and other states will not be receiving increased shipments of COVID-19 vaccines next week because there are no federal reserve doses available.

She issued this statement in response to the new information she received:

"Last night, I received disturbing news, confirmed to me directly by General Perna of Operation Warp Speed: States will not be receiving increased shipments of vaccines from the national stockpile next week, because there is no federal reserve of doses.

"I am demanding answers from the Trump Administration. I am shocked and appalled that they have set an expectation on which they could not deliver, with such grave consequences.

"This is a deception on a national scale. Oregon’s seniors, teachers, and all of us were depending on the promise of Oregon’s share of the federal reserve of vaccines being released to us."

A copy of a letter that Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen sent to U.S. DHS Secretary Azar about this discrepancy is available here.

Brown will hold a press availability Friday at 2 p.m. to discuss the state's ongoing response to COVID-19. 

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