New York City could run out of its stocks of coronavirus vaccines by the end of next week, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
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“We could reach the end (of vaccine reserves) by the end of next week,” warned the city councilor, calling on the federal state and the laboratories to act to prevent New York from running out of doses.
“The federal government’s infrastructure is going far too slowly to get vaccines to us,” the mayor insisted, citing similar criticisms repeatedly made by President-elect Joe Biden.
After a sluggish start and criticized by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, the most populous city in the United States has picked up the pace in recent days.
Nearly a hundred sites started booking appointments Monday and three major vaccination centers have opened in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods.
On Monday alone, 26,528 doses were administered, according to the mayor, who estimated that the municipality was “well positioned” to reach its goal of 175,000 vaccinations this week.
Including Monday, 216,014 New Yorkers received at least one dose of one of the coronavirus vaccines, produced by Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories, as well as biotech Moderna.
The threat of a lack of vaccines could be made worse by the fact that the governor of the State of New York announced on Tuesday the extension to 65-74 years of the population eligible for vaccination, in accordance with new recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), the leading public health authority in the United States.
Until now, it was reserved for people aged 75 and over, as well as teachers, police officers, firefighters, or employees of the transport authority.
On Tuesday, the mayor also announced that the Mets baseball team’s stadium, Citi Field, will be transformed into a giant vaccination site, beginning the week of January 25.
The site will operate continuously, and should be able to vaccinate between 5,000 and 7,000 people per day.
“All New Yorkers are welcome, even Yankees fans,” joked Bill De Blasio, referring to the big rival Mets baseball club in New York.