CA’s Vaccine Allocation Cut as State Hits Daily Death Record, Cases Continue to Surge

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Dominic Patten on December 17, 2020.

The expression that “it’s always darkest before the dawn,” just took on an even more ominous timbre for California’s fight against the deep wounds of the coronavirus.

As deaths from Covid-19 hit a horrible all-time high in the ravaged Golden State and confirmed cases of the disease rise to staggering heights, the promise of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been hobbled, at least for the time being.

“Earlier this week, we talked about a projected allocation of 393,000 which was based on what the federal government had communicated to us,” Erin Mellon of Governor Gavin Newsom’s office told Deadline Thursday. “The federal government delayed the number of Pfizer vaccines that California will receive in the next shipment – many states received new estimated shipment amounts,” they added. …

Deadline Hollywood 12/17

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