Sununu Either Deliberately Misleading or Does Not Understand Vaccine Distribution Process
Concord, N.H -- Yesterday Governor Chirs Sununu made a false partisan attack against President Biden regarding the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, either to mislead about his own vaccine distribution failings or because he has a concerning lack of knowledge about the vaccine distribution process.
At his press conference yesterday, Sununu criticized the Biden administration for promising 20 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine nationwide and then not providing more in the past two weeks since the first allocation of 11,500 doses to New Hampshire.
However, in February it was reported that vaccine deliveries were “likely to be ‘back-end loaded’ as J&J works with the U.S. government to boost supply.” The Biden administration continued to make it clear that supply would “be uneven in the coming weeks,” and that, “the first shipments account for the entirety of J&J’s current inventory. Officials expect another 16 million doses to be available by the end of March, though J&J told the federal government that the doses will be delivered mostly toward the second half of the month,” again according to reports from February.
Sununu’s partisan attack comes as New Hampshire still falls behind neighboring states for percent of the population that is vaccinated. According to updated data from Bloomberg News, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have all moved ahead of New Hampshire in per capita vaccinations. Vermont’s vaccination rate is 33.9 percent, Maine’s is 32.9 percent, Massachusetts’s is 34.5 percent, Connecticut’s is 36.6 percent, and Rhode Island’s is 33.1 percent. Meanwhile, New Hampshire has administered only 30 vaccines per 100 people.
“It’s shameful that Sununu is misleading New Hampshire’s press and the public about vaccine distribution because he either doesn’t understand how the process works, or he’s lying about the process to distract from his own vaccine failures,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “New Hampshire is getting more doses of the COVID vaccine because of the efforts by the Biden administration to get those doses to us -- but instead of acknowledging that, Sununu continues to spew partisan attacks.”