COVID-19 vaccine access proves difficult in multiple states

The coronavirus has claimed more than 2 million lives around the world.
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Dan, we move to the pandemic and an awful new milestone. The coronavirus claiming more than 2 million lives around the world. As cases surge here in the U.S. With more than 392,000 death, there is growing outrage among some governors who are saying they're not getting an increase in vaccine doses like they thought they'd been promised by the federal government. ABC's Trevor Ault is at a vaccination site in New York City with the latest. Trevor, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, whit. Even with megasites like this one offering shots 24/7, we are still lagging far behind where we hoped to be with this vaccine rollout. The federal government was aiming to have 20 million first doses administered by the new year. We are still more than 7 million people behind that goal, more than two weeks later. This morning, Americans' demand for vaccines is now greatly outpacing our available supply with millions hanging in the balance. I don't want to die of covid. It's that simple. I don't want to die of covid. Reporter: Multiple states now scaling back distribution plans they just ramped up. Several governors accusing the trump administration of lying to them that 20 million more doses were about to become available. This is deception on a national scale. Their empty promises are literally playing with people's lives. Reporter: Health and human services secretary Alex Azar had said the federal government was releasing the entire supply to states rather than holding second doses in reserve, but those second doses had already been shipping out for weeks. Pfizer now saying in a statement "Operation warp speed" has asked us to start shipping second doses only recently, adding they are working to ensure Americans receive their first and second doses of the vaccine on time. But because of shortages new York's mt. Sinai hospital canceling appointments Friday through Tuesday and in Texas, grandmother pat Jones described her hunt for a shot as a 24-hour operation. As soon as you try to get into the site to register, it either crashed because of overload or they had used up all the slots. Reporter: Zohreen shah is in hard hit Los Angeles. California lags behind almost the entire country when it comes to vaccine distribution. Only five states are doing worse. Officials hoping that megasites like this one at dodger stadium will try to get shots into arms a lot faster. Reporter: President-Elect Joe Biden aiming to rapidly ramp up the manufacturing process saying he'll utilize FEMA and the defense production act to try to produce 100 million doses in 100 days, but he still warned we are in the midst of a dark winter. Honest truth is this, things will get worse before they get better. Reporter: And part of the fuel for this dark winter ahead is that uk variant of the virus that's more contagious, it's now been detected in ten states and the CDC is warning it could become the dominant strain in the U.S. By March. Just another reason so many people say they cannot wait to get this vaccine. Eva?

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