- Pfizer released a statement Thursday to deny claims that it was having issues producing its COVID-19 vaccine.
- It came after officials in more than a dozen states complained that they were receiving fewer doses than promised, and a Trump official claimed there were "manufacturing challenges."
- In its statement, Pfizer said it was "not having any production issues" and in fact has millions of doses sitting in a warehouse, awaiting government orders on where to ship them to.
- Two anonymous Trump officials told the Associated Press the doses are in storage on purpose, held back to ensure that people who had their first shot can get the second one.
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Pfizer said Thursday that millions of COVID-19 vaccines are sitting in storage because the US government hasn't given it directions on where to send them yet.
The statement was released a day after Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar suggested at a press conference that the drug company was having "manufacturing challenges," The Hill reported.
Governors and health officials in more than a dozen states have also complained about getting fewer doses than they expected, according to the Associated Press.
Illinois, Washington, California, Georgia, Hawaii, and Nevada are getting around half the doses they expected, according to the AP and NBC News.