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Whitmer joins 8 other governors asking to purchase more vaccine doses

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 16:45:02-05

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting permission to directly purchase up to 100,000 doses of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for the State of Michigan.

The governor also noted that since she and eight other governors sent a letter to the Trump administration requesting that they distribute the millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses that are currently being held back, she has not received a response.

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“We remain ready to accelerate distribution to get doses into arms,” Whitmer said. “Toward that end, I am writing to request permission for the State of Michigan to make a one-time purchase of up to 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine directly from Pfizer to be distributed and administered consistent with CDC guidelines and the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.”

After the governors sent the letter, the incoming Biden administration announced that they will release all of the available vaccine doses that Whitmer says the Trump administration is holding back.

Read the full letter here.