Michigan governor pushes back on criticism that state isn’t being efficient in vaccinations

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Sunday shot back at criticism that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in her state has not been efficient enough.

While appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” host Margaret Brennan noted that White House sources have told reporters that Whitmer is not maxing out vaccine orders and claimed she was not being efficient in the allocation of doses.

“I don’t think there’s a governor in the country that’s leaving any vaccines on the table and I can tell you that’s certainly the case of Michigan,” Whitmer responded. “We are getting shots in arms, we got over a million shots on arms just in the last two weeks, so we have really been rolling.”

“What’s happening in Michigan today could be what’s happening in other states tomorrow and so it’s on all of us to recognize, we can squash where we’re seeing hotspots, it’s in everyone’s best interest,” Whitmer added, noting rising coronavirus cases.

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Whitmer, who has publicly called for a surge of vaccine doses to be sent to her state, said she believes the White House is not sending a surge in doses because officials are committed to sticking to a plan. She also expressed gratitude to the federal government for the mobile units, increased therapeutics and increased testing that have been provided in lieu of the requested vaccines, but said she would continue advocating for her state.

“I’m going to fight for to get everything I can for the help for the people of Michigan that we need,” Whitmer said.

The Michigan governor also held up her state’s continued pandemic mitigation efforts despite what she referred to as “antagonism from my own legislature,” which reduced her powers during the pandemic.

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