Biden braces to take on COVID-19 emergency

The president-elect promised 100 million vaccine shots within his first 100 days in office.
2:31 | 01/17/21

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Rachel, thank you. President-Elect Biden is bracing to take on the, emergency, pledging 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days. He's inheriting a rollout that's far from smooth. Several governors asking, where the doses? Accusing the trump administration of lying to them about vaccines in reserve as people line up to get them. Now the growing anxiety among Americans desperate to get the shot. ABC's Trevor Ault is here in new York City. Reporter: Tonight, states asking the federal government, where is the vaccine? Governor Andrew Cuomo saying 7 million new yorkers are now eligible for their shot, but the state is only receiving 250,000 doses next week. So for, only 12 million Americans received the first dose of the vaccine, less than 4% of the population. Earlier this week, departing health and human services secretary Alex Azar saying more doses were on the way. We are releasing the entire supply we have. Reporter: But the reserve second doses when was talking about had already been shipping out for weeks. There is no surplus. Governors across the country are outraged. This is deception on a national scale. We were ready to play it right away, and now we know it simply doesn't exist. I have no idea why they made that claim when they knew it wasn't accurate. Reporter: Texas grandmother Pam Jones describing the tremendous patience and luck it took to finally get an appointment online. It was almost a 24/7 operation, really and truly. I mean, I'd wake up in the middle of the night and check things. Reporter: The online portals cities rely on proving challenging, especially for senior citizens. Many people who have either limited access to the internet, limited access to technology, or simply don't have the tools, it's next to impossible to figure out how to actually get a vaccine. Reporter: President-Elect Joe Biden is now vowing to turn things around, promising 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days. The focus, really, should be in terms of, how do we make sure the vaccines distributed already are getting administered? Reporter: Some states are already setting up vaccination megacenters like dodger stadium in Los Angeles. The vaccinations will come, With you we need to be ready on the ground to have the infrastructure to get it into those arms. Reporter: Here in New York, the javits center is another of those mega vaccination sites. Month ago it served as a field hospital. Other sites like dodger stadium are being converted from massive testing facilities and that is prompting fears that losing the tests in favor of shots could cut into our ability to track the virus. Tom?

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