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Baker: Massachusetts getting fewer vaccine doses than expected

Gov. Baker said today Massachusetts had been expecting 59,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week but that the feds are now telling the state it will only get 42,900.

Health and Human Services Secretary Mary Lou Sudders said the state now expects to receive 145,000 Pfizer does by year end, down from the 160,000 it had expected. Baker said the state will be helped with the apparently imminent rollout of a second vaccine, by Cambridge's Moderna.

Still, Baker said he expects the delay will just mean "slight delays" in overall vaccinations, although he acknowledged that "we're certainly frustrated" and have yet to get an answer from the feds on why this has happened. Still, he said he expected "bumpiness" with such a large program as the vaccine rollout.

Baker said elderly patients and staffers at long-term care facilities will begin getting vaccinated on Dec. 28.

He added that this morning, a custodial worker at the Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain became the first non-medical or nursing worker to get a shot. State officials have said they want custodians and dietary workers who come into contact with Covid-19 patients to be included in the first round of vaccinations.

Some 6,200 people have been vaccinated so far, he said.

Baker added he won't be one of those politicians getting a shot to show how wonderful it is.

"There are plenty of people who could do vaccinations who would be a lot more important than me," such as doctors and other health-care professionals, whom the public would take more seriously and appreciate.

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So Trump and his supporters believe the pandemic is a hoax but they're cutting to the front of the line to get the vaccine... I have no words.

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Of course, he probably needs to show that to the foreign countries he's planning to run away to immediately after certifying Biden's win.

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Red states should get them last since they have been so irresponsible. Plus one of the vaccines was developed here. What have the shit hole red states ever done for us?

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We could distribute them based on need rather than any kind of political or financial consideration.

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Why should we try to be better when there's a race to the bottom to be won?!

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It should go to where the need is most. There are plenty of blue states that have faired terrible in this (umm hello - Massachusetts, CT, New York, NJ, PA, MI) - all with very high death rates per 100k residents).

If anything, we've seen that the virus move in waves through states. Remember when NY was getting crushed, and florida bashed them? Then florida gets crushed, and Cuomo bashes florida? Now NY is getting his hard again... so the circle goes..

And the vaccine dosses that were cut were from Pfizer.. not Moderna... so the shorted vaccine amount is NOT the one made in Mass that you apparently claim to be more entitled to.

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It is typical of a liberal to complain about having to wait to get a free handout.

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This vaccine is not “free”. My money is being used to purchase the vaccine.

Additionally, 320,000 Americans have paid with their lives so far. Expect another 200k-300k more to die by April 1.

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These vaccines are necessary, and not just simply a handout!
Do you prefer that more people become sickened by and die of the Covid-19 virus? Come off the bullshit, now.

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this is stupid and you should feel bad for having typed it.

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That people be forced to pay for life-saving treatment that affects your own quality of life? Good luck with that.

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leech havens. The only steal they don't stop is the money from my blue state pocket.

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I suppose that only liberals complain about traffic, since roads are a free, government provided handout.

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It is typical of a MAGAt to push to the head of the line to get that free handout, just like all your covidiot fraudster GOP members of Congress are doing.

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Might you remember playing which states got hit hardest early. I see California is getting hit especially hard now. Is that a red state to you?

Alas, I hope and expect that distribution will not be based on the political leanings of particular states, because I have something called empathy and care in my heart. It’s a shame you don’t.

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That's naivete.

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When Covid was ravaging New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts but was barely a thing in other parts of America, how would you have described the way the rest of the US felt seeing what was happening? We they naive to worry?

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Are you somehow under the impression that they worried? Son, they GLOATED.

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I fully expect that Jared is selling vaccine to big money donors. It would be very "on brand" for the Trump Crime Family.

After all, that's what happened to the 3 million units of PPE that Massachusetts taxpayers paid for that was seized at the port of entry.

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But it going to be sleezy rich people and hollywood folks, coupled with greedy doctors who F this whole thing up.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-12-18/wealthy-patients-scr...

"Watchdogs have been warning that the COVID-19 vaccine’s initial scarcity could create a thriving black market, particularly if well-connected people in the healthcare industry skim off a few doses here and there for friends, family or the highest bidder."

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third world nations work.

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A history. Trump has tried to turn every aspect of being President into a profit center, including his campaign to overturn the election. He's not going to stop until he's dead.

Example:

Jared Kushner helped create a Trump campaign shell company that secretly paid the president's family members and spent $617 million in reelection cash

That's almost half of his campaign fund.

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You're comparing your speculation with what MIGHT happen with what HAS happened as a result of the Trump administration's actions. Maybe take a seat.

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it seems to track with the initial post

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Officials from more than a dozen states say the Trump administration has informed them that next week's Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine allotments to their jurisdictions are being substantially reduced, prompting confusion and outrage. The development comes even as Pfizer insists that it has millions of doses ready to ship if given instructions by the federal government.
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Other affected states, AP reported, include Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, and New Hampshire.

[In addition to California, Washington, Florida, and Maryland.]

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Seven of those states voted for the President in November, while nine didn’t. That’s pretty close to an even split. Heck, only count the states AP reports, that’s 6 to 5.

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Donald The Vindictive is all about punishing those who fail to deliver everything he wants. He's said he would punish the two Georgia Republicans running for Senate if the state's electors didn't declare the state for him. He doesn't care whether a state voted for him last month; it's all about what they are doing for him today.

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Looking at the AP list, Georgia is one of the 5 that didn’t vote for the President, versus the 6 AP listed that did. If Trump is somehow trying to punish everyone in the US, couldn’t he use his vast power to ensure no one gets the vaccine in any state, per your logic.

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for obvious reasons, GA was probably the worst example you could have used. FL, MO, and NE probably don’t fit the bill, but someone from each of the other complaining states has offended the president in one way or another.

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in the number of doses being sent to MA have anything to do with there being more than the 5 doses in each vial? Each vial is officially said to have 5 doses but they are finding at least 6 doses in each vial.

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Mr Pessimistic here is just gonna drink his IToldYou Tea.

Seriously folks if we didn't think this would be botched up some how, think again. The Trump Administration is doing its absolute best to burn us to the ground as fast as possible before 1/20/21 .

Don't forget Pfizer says they have millions of doses sitting in a warehouse just waiting to for the FDA to say where to send them.

Meanwhile, while we're all freaking out about this, we need not forget about SolarWinds and the Russian Hack. Folks, this goes so fucking deep, its hit the bone. Its gonna hurt us for decades.. long after Trump is gone. AND THE ADMINISTRATION KNEW ABOUT IT.

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In the transaction between Pfizer and the vaccine seeker, but I do know that I don’t ever want to hear the joke about Libertarians in a bar and tainted alcohol ever again.

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I do know that I don’t ever want

I want a pony.

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and says "are there any Libertarians here?"

It all goes downhill from there.

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free of government interference, i’m certain that pfizer would provide doses at an affordable price to the end consumer, instead of trying to maximize its profits in the interest of shareholders

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That’s the point. That’s how I’d like for it to work.

Maybe I should have been taught how to make vaccines in school instead of cursive writing and saying no to weed.

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The Libertarian solution for the coronavirus is being discussed here.

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For anyone who would buy a thing called Virus Shut Out sold by some company I’ve never heard of?

I mean, there’s a first time for everything, but there’s a reason that the treatment that’s getting widespread distribution is from the firm that’s done this for a long time.

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Consumers who are not perfectly informed deserve to be bilked and have their health compromised, in the Libertarian view. I am always struck by the irony that Libertarians don't realize that they are not perfectly informed, either.

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"If there's a cure for cancer, the first time you hear about it won't be at 4 PM on a Tuesday. 'Hey, did you see what Dr. Oz said?' 'No, I was watching Wendy Williams."

This isn't about being perfectly informed, this is about using your (expletive) common sense. The treatment for the 'rona wasn't going to get created in April 2020, and it sure as (expletive) wasn't going to be distributed in the United States in a package with non-Latin lettering on it.

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I can keep reciting the same phrases from the Preamble to the United States Constitution, if you'd like. In a time of crisis, such as the pandemic we are experiencing right now, the best way to promote the general Welfare is to bring about a safe and speedy end to the pandemic. If government involvement in vaccine development and distribution can make that end more possible, then it is the duty of the government, as laid out by the Founders, to do so.

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When your government isn't full of schmucks.

Hint: Donald Trump and Jared Kushner aren't not schmucks.

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Donald Trump and Jared Kushner aren't not schmucks.

So, you're saying they are schmucks. Tell us what that word means to you.

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And really they are. One minute you tell the States to take care of themselves then you confiscate the stuff they ordered to do just that? They are contemptible people. One of the definitions of "schmucks".

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