Transcript for Almost 2 million Americans received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Trevor Ault, thanks to you. New hurdles involving vaccine rollout with questions about why the distribution to Americans is falling behind expectations. At the same time, authorities in New York say they've busted a scheme by one health-care provider allegedly offering an opportunity to skip the line for a dose. ABC's Stephanie Ramos has more. Reporter: Tonight, at least 1.9 million Americans have received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine that was authorized earlier this month, far short of the 20 million doses officials predicted could be administered before the end of the year. Three weeks ago, health and human services secretary Alex Azar setting this target. Based on current production schedules, enough doses to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of this year. The pace is slower than what was stated, but the idea that we're going to get to 20 million vaccinations by the end of the year, that's probably unrealistic. As you get out into the community and try to vaccinate a harder to reach population, it is going to become more difficult to get those vaccines out. Reporter: According to the CDC, nearly 10 million doses have been distributed across the country. In New York, authorities investigating a health care provider, parcare community health, for allegedly violating the state's distribution plan. Parcare posting images of moderna'ine in its freezers, is accused of diverting doses of the vaccine to members of the public ahead of health-care workers, nursing-home residents and staff. Parcare saying in a statement it followed all New York state department of health procedures and proactively returned its vaccines pending the department's review. Admiral Brett Giroir with the coronavirus task force now says 20 million doses of the vaccine should be delivered across the country by January but warns the public should not let their guard down just yet as people get vaccinated. He adds the average American should be able to receive the vaccine by June of next year. Linsey. Something millions are certainly counting on. Stephanie Ramos, our thanks to you.
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