Outrage over vaccine rollout as states receive fewer doses of vaccine

Across the country, governors are saying that they received fewer vaccine doses than had been promised by the federal government. Only 1.6 million people have gotten both doses in the U.S.
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Transcript for Outrage over vaccine rollout as states receive fewer doses of vaccine
We're going to turn now to the coronavirus emergency be the outrage tonight over the vaccine in this country. Just days after the trump administration promised to release those second doses of the vaccine held in reserve to try to get shots to more Americans, multiple governors say they're outraged, that they've learned the second doses were sent out weeks ago and there really is no significant stockpile. The CDC saying 31 million vaccine doses delivered around the country. A little more than a third making it into the arms of Americans. Here's whit Johnson tonight. Reporter: Tonight, outrage growing days after the federal government said it would release second doses of the vaccine to reach more Americans. Some states learning they were sent out long before the health and human service secretary announced it. Reporter: Tonight, some governors furious after they told their residents they would be getting more vaccine. They were lying. They don't have any doses held back. There is no strategic supply for the second doses. Reporter: From Minnesota to Oregon -- Let me be very clear -- this is deception on a national scale. Reporter: And in New York, governor Andrew Cuomo frustrated over his state instead getting a decrease of 50,000 doses. The federal government creates the situation where you have the floodgates open and a syringe at the bottom. 7 million people for 250,000 doses per week. Reporter: But the reality is, those second doses had already been shipping out over the last three weeks and the remaining 8 million in reserve will be delivered in just days. Nationwide, 31 million vaccine doses delivered. 12 million shots given. But only 1.6 million people have gotten their second doses. Demand soaring after many states expanded access to more priority groups. Overnight, lines snaking through Brooklyn after a false rumor on social media spread about extra doses. Those people turned away. The javits center, a converted field hospital just ten months ago now one of the city's mass vaccination sites. But some telling me they waited online for hours just to get an appointment. To be a senior citizen and not to be able to have access to the vaccine is a disgrace. Growing frustration on the vaccine. Whit, the new headline from the CDC tonight involving that uk variant here in the U.S. Reporter: David, that's right. The CDC predicting that it could be the predominant strain in the U.S. By March. Now, this is not thought to be more deadly, but some early estimates indicate it could be up to 50% more contagious, so the CDC calling on Americans to double down on things like masks and social distancing. Researchers believe the vaccine will still work. You speak about the rollout. Whit, thank you.

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