Snow plow carts clear a street in New York, United States on Thursday, December 17, 2020.

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The federal government’s delivery of Covid-19 vaccine doses has been delayed this week in major states due to historic winter storms across the country, state and federal officials said.

“Almost all” cans that should arrive in New York state between February 12 and Sunday are late, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement late Thursday.

“Any dose that should have been shipped on Monday was withheld and limited numbers of Pfizer vaccines left shipping facilities on Tuesday and Wednesday,” Cuomo said, adding that the state is working with vendors to “increase the number reduce the deadlines that are required. ” be moved. “

It’s not just New York. Samantha Bequer, spokeswoman for the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said more than 200,000 doses expected this week have been delayed.

“The state is still expecting the vaccines to be fully allocated by week 10,” she said in a statement to CNBC. “Yesterday, the state was notified that federal deliveries of Moderna vaccines are still being delayed due to severe weather. At this point in time, the state has not been given a new timetable for when expected delayed deliveries will occur.”

Bequer said the state is working with vendors advising them to postpone, but not cancel, vaccine appointments affected by the delays.

In Colorado, state officials said in a statement earlier this week that shipments of more than 130,000 cans were delayed by the storm. They said the storm hit “a vaccine distribution center in Tennessee” that has delayed “shipments to several states this week”.

And the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday it had been informed by the federal government of “ongoing delays in some shipments and shipments of COVID-19 vaccines this week due to severe weather.”

The Virginia Department of Health also said the expected delivery of more than 106,000 doses on Thursday will likely be delayed “due to distribution channels in the Midwest and elsewhere that are currently closed”.

Health officials in California, Louisiana, and Georgia have also confirmed delays in their deliveries.

The Georgian Ministry of Health announced earlier this week that Pfizer and Moderna were holding shipments due to the weather, which “severely affected shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to Georgia”.

A White House spokesman declined to comment, but said the delays will be discussed at the government’s press conference on Covid-19 at 11:45 a.m. (CET).

White House officials recognized the delays in media appearances this week. The Chief Medical Officer of the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned Thursday that the storm posed a “significant” problem for vaccine distribution.

“Well, obviously it’s a problem. It slowed down and stalled in a few places,” Fauci said during an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “We just have to make up for it as soon as the weather subsides a bit, the ice melts and we can get the trucks and the people out.”

Andy Slavitt, the White House’s senior advisor on Covid Response, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday evening that officials “will have to work twice next week, provided the weather improves”. He added that “there hasn’t been a single vaccine that is tainted.”

“We will keep these vaccines safe and sound, then give them to people and catch up as soon as the weather allows,” he said.