“There is no problem with the process,” Perna said. “There is no problem with the Pfizer vaccine. There is no problem with the Moderna vaccine. It was a planning error, and I am responsible.”
Perna referred to the Food and Drug Administration as “the gold standard not just in America but around the world,” and said he has to wait until the vaccine doses are releasable in accordance with the agency.
He apologized to the state governors who may have started planning based on the initial doses forecast.
“Please accept my personal apology if this was disruptive to your decision-making,” Perna said, adding that he would personally brief governors Monday.
Perna added that Operation Warp Speed would not “cut corners” in vaccine distribution.