The White House told states on Tuesday that the vaccine supply they left unordered would become available to other states – the most significant change in national vaccine distribution since President Biden took office and in the part of an effort to accommodate declining demand in parts of the country.
Each state’s share of the total adult US population will always determine weekly allowances. But instead of allowing unordered doses to carry over from week to week, the White House will direct the untapped vaccine to a federal bank available for states where demand continues to exceed supply. These states will be able to order up to 50% more than their weekly allowance.
The “use or lose” strategy has the potential to transform the way vaccines circulate across the country. In recent weeks, many states have started leaving significant amounts of doses on the shelves. Arkansas officials declined their entire share last week, the state confirmed.