Washington governor sets goal of 45,000 vaccinations a day

Jay Inslee talks about his plan to speed up the vaccine distribution process in his state.
4:19 | 01/22/21

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This week, the U.S. Reached a devastating and grim milestone, surpassing 400,000 coronavirus deaths, just one year after the country's first confirmed case of the virus. That's right, and that case discovered in Washington state. So let's get a progress report from Washington's governor himself, governor Jay inslee, thank you so much for being with us, governor. So here we are, a full year later. Could you have imagined where we are today, on this day, last year? Well, you know, I hate to shock you, but in some sense, yes, we very rapidly understood the severity of this pandemic, its transmission variability, we obviously understood its lethality and that's why we've been so aggressive in defending ourselves against it. We've had some of the strongest measures in the country to prevent transmission, to mask up, to socially distance. We've had good measures to reduce the pandemic, and as a result, we've had a result that actually is better than 45 other states. So we did understand how severe it was very early, and that's one of the reasons why we've had a relative degree of success, and obviously, we mourn every single loss in my state. But I think that early recognition has served us relatively well. And now, we're just so excited, you know, not only do we have a new president, we have a new federal vaccine plan, we've got a vaccine, and we're going on the offense. We're tired of playing defense. We're on the offense now. Governor, you said you want to go on offense there in the state that has everything to do with the vaccine, so where are you on your vaccine administration there, how much are you getting out daily? And where does that number need to be? We're doing about 25,000 a day. The most recent report yesterday. Our target is to get to 45,000 doses. Now, that's, if we get to 45,000 doses, that we do vaccinate, that will far outstrip the supply we have today. But we want to be in a position where we're ahead of the supply. Hoping that the supply will increase. Hoping that the president's adoption of the defense production act, which I've long advocated, I'm so glad he's doing that, to fully mobilize the industrial capacity of the United States, we want to be ahead of that curve. We are making progress, we finished the first doses for our people in our long-term care facilities yesterday, but we want to accelerate this number. We've got some work to do. We've got some software issues. We are expanding our mass vaccination sites and we have a really important public/private partnership, which was announced the day beforeesterday, Starbucks, Microsoft, Costco, Amazon is now helping, where they're bringing their corporate resources to bear and Microsoft is going to do a mass vaccination site themselves, 5,000 doses a day for nonmicrosoft employees, so we have to look at this as a war time effort, we have to mobilize all of our community resources in this effort, and that's what we're doing. Governor, where do you see yourself, your state, one year from today? Well, I'm very hopeful that we have herd immunity through use of this vaccine. I think that is clearly attainable. Obviously, we're concerned about some of the variants, and I'm sure that the Biden administration is doing all the research possible to look at the possibility, if we do need additional vaccines from those variants, that's the big wild card at the moment, but I think that we now have a nation that mobilized both from the bully pulpit of the white house, and governors in 50 states, and business leaders, this is going to be a very vigorous effort. It's got to hurry up. We got to hustle up here. None of us are going fast enough frankly. So the watch word is action this day, and we have to make sure Americans get it. I think nobody is going to argue with you on that point, that we're not going fast enough, governor inslee. Thank you so much for spending time with us. Good luck out there in Washington. We'll see you later.

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