‘I failed’: Operation Warp Speed leader takes responsibility for Covid-19 vaccine distribution confusion

first_imgHealth‘I failed’: Operation Warp Speed leader takes responsibility for Covid-19 vaccine distribution confusion By Erin Brodwin Dec. 19, 2020 Reprints Health Tech Correspondent, San Francisco Erin is a California-based health tech reporter and the co-author of the STAT Health Tech newsletter. [email protected] A side-by-side comparison of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines Typical vaccine distribution programs, he said, involve collecting vaccines and distributing them several weeks later. The Covid-19 vaccine distribution process has been markedly more complex, as the vaccine requires two doses spaced three to four weeks apart. To provide states with a continuous supply of vaccines, OWS will not release first doses until it has second doses on hand, Perna said. Determining how to do so has been a challenge, he added. “It looked very good on paper,” Perna said. “Paper plans are very good. Execution is where we learn, and we adapted accordingly.”Perna also denied there have been any vaccine production issues on the part of Pfizer and its partner, BioNTech, responding to additional concerns that emerged last week from HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis about Pfizer’s capacity to produce the necessary doses. Perna said he was confident that the rollout of the vaccine developed by Moderna, which was authorized on Friday, would go more smoothly.  On Friday, a day after governors in at least 14 states said that the federal government had suddenly slashed the number of vaccine doses initially planned for shipping, the Department of Health and Human Services blamed the problem on poor planning, saying in a statement that it overestimated the number of weekly allocations it could release to states. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Perna on Saturday said investigating what went wrong took several days.advertisement Related: Army Gen. Gustave Perna, the military leader of Operation Warp Speed, speaks during a White House event in November. Evan Vucci/AP The first shipments of that vaccine — which does not require extreme cold storage — are expected to arrive in states Monday, at which time Perna said he would personally brief governors on the status of available doses. In the meantime, OWS had begun shipping the supplies required to administer the vaccine, such as syringes, Perna said.“There is no problem with the Pfizer vaccine. There is no problem with the Moderna vaccine,” Perna said. “It was a planning error and I am responsible. I don’t know how to say it any clearer than that.”center_img @erbrod About the Author Reprints The military leader of Operation Warp Speed, Gen. Gustave Perna, said Saturday that he takes sole responsibility for last week’s confusion over the allotment of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to states, which led more than a dozen governors to complain that they had received far fewer doses than originally promised.“Where I failed — I failed, nobody else failed — was to have a clear understanding of that cadence” of the vaccine distribution process, Perna said, adding: “It was my fault. I gave guidance. I am the one that approved the forecast sheets.”The striking mea culpa — rare among U.S. officials in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic — came during a briefing in which Perna, the chief operating officer of OWS, said repeatedly that he had underestimated the time required to get the vaccine doses approved for distribution to states. The chaos over allotments followed labeling confusion that caused hospital pharmacists at several health systems to throw away one in every six doses of the first vaccines distributed.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Erin Brodwin Privacy Policy linkedin.com/in/erinbrodwin/ Tags CoronavirusVaccineslast_img read more

Using ETFs in portfolios

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Diamonds in the rough: NASCAR eBay findings

first_imgAn action figure of Ryan Newman spilling a bottle of sports drink. Butter fingers! How about something a little more official? Of course, there’s no substitute for a wakeboard — but this calendar can help you remember when it’s time to hit the … waves? (Or whatever it is that wakeboarders say). ITEM 1: Richard Petty autographed photo w/ Rick Wilson at the zoo You’ve often asked yourself: “How can I combine my love of NASCAR and passion for wakeboarding?” Look no further than this Dale Earnhardt Jr.-from-the-early-2000s-themed wakeboard. ITEM 2: NASCAR sheet metal No. 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s quarter-panel ITEM 8: Dale Jarrett No. 88 race-used tire side wall picture ITEM 3: 2003 Wheels High Gear No. 69 Greg Biffle rookie racing card Was your Mike Bliss Halloween costume feeling incomplete? No longer. How about a nice bandana instead? ITEM 12: Race-used Cougar hood ITEM 7: Mike Bliss Advair race-used fire suit There’s no telling what you could do when you show up to the race in an Official’s uniform. ITEM 4: Ryan Newman action figure ITEM 11: Dale Sr. knife set in metal tin car Protect yourself from sharp metal edges with a display-case protected piece of Happy’s car. ITEM 6: Ron Hornaday No. 2 pit board sign A novelty check for $25,000. If you successfully cash it, you’ve got a pretty decent return on investment. Alternative: WinCraft NASCAR street sign It’s probably a safer bet to show your love of NASCAR with a simple t-shirt than impersonating a race official. Trust me on that one. ITEM 10: Dale Jr. wakeboard Alternative: WinCraft NASCAR color frost key ring A piece of sheet metal from Kevin Harvick‘s Jimmy John’s car that just reads “Freaky.” Give the guests stopping by your racing cave the wrong idea. You might get a little more buy-in from your cohabitants with the alternative. It’s hard to beat actual seats from Daytona International Speedway. Alternative: Men’s NASCAR Classics light blue Richard Petty 80th birthday shirt Alternative: Men’s Kyle Busch orange M&M’s Halloween t-shirtcenter_img ITEM 5: Dale Jr. NASCAR 3M Hard Charger Award It’s what you’ve dreamt of for the past 25 years — an autographed photo of Richard Petty. And Rick Wilson. AT THE ZOO. Want to show your love of Mike Wallace‘s tenure in Joe Falk’s No. 91 Spam Racing machine from the late ’90s? What better way than with a 20-year-old denim jacket? A Greg Biffle rookie card — No. 69, of course. Alternative: Greg Biffle pit row cornhole game set Alternative: NASCAR Superstore $25 Gift Card Alternative: Rusty Wallace black vintage car t-shirt BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! RELATED: Read more Inside Groove ITEM 13: Kyle Busch ID holder  Alternative: Dale Earnhardt checkered flag black name and number bandana Alternative: Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2017 wall calendar Finally! The answer to your longtime question: “Where can I find a photo of Dale Jarrett to put inside the sidewall of my tire?” Alternative: Dale Jarrett collectible lot of 15 trading cards You might be able to assemble all these trading cards on a piece of poster board, and enjoy 15 pictures of Dale Jarrett instead of just one. ITEM 9: Mike Wallace No. 91 Spam Racing denim jacket Alternative: Unsigned Kevin Harvick Fanatics authentic display case with race-used sheet metal What do we have here? If you guessed “a car resembling the late Dale Earnhardt’s that’s been stretched out in Microsoft Paint and has wheels that don’t touch the ground,” you’re right! While the photo would look great at your desk at the office instead of that picture of your family, a T-Shirt featuring The King might do a better job out in public. Holy heck! A genuine “Kyle Bush” ID holder! And you’d better believe it’s emblazoned with that famous No. 18 (well, a No. 18 that doesn’t really resemble the real thing). Alternative: Men’s Ryan Newman New Era black team relation knit beanieProtect your head from rogue sports drink spray. While Mike Wallace merchandise is hard to come by in this decade, you can always count on brother Rusty to come through with vintage shirts. It’s a hood. With a cougar. Alternative: Fanatics authentic Daytona generic chair with black track bottom Alternative: Men’s Fanatics branded black NASCAR t-shirt Greg Biffle cornhole. I think he would have wanted it this way. (And speaking of … ) ITEM 14: NASCAR race official race-used fire suit Of course there’s no true alternative to a complete Mike Bliss driver suit and helmet. Why have $25,000 in novelty dollars when you can have 25 real dollars’ worth of NASCAR merchandise? Does Ron Hornaday live in your neighborhood? Wave this sign out front of your house and find out — he’ll surely stop!last_img read more