Oregon Gov. Kate Brown plans to take advantage of a new federal policy to shift vaccine supplies to states with the greatest demand for the COVID-19 vaccine.
"The change away from a strict by-population allocation comes as demand for the coronavirus vaccines has dropped nationwide, but especially precipitously in some areas, with some states turning down part or all of their weekly dose allotments," The Associated Press reports. "The federal government will now shift some of those doses to areas with higher demand, in an effort to speed shots in those areas."
"This is great news," Brown said Tuesday. "Oregon has been using all the vaccines we can get and I intend to ask for the maximum available from this new federal vaccine bank. We are in a race with COVID-19 variants, and this will help us get more shots in arms as quickly as possible."