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Why Is CA So Slow At Vaccinating Residents? One Expert Says State Needs A More Centralized Plan

People wait in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site in a parking lot for Disneyland Resort on January 13, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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California's rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines is one of the slowest in the country. Only 2.5 million residents have received shots so far, out of a state with 40 million people.


Nick Vyas is the executive director of USC's Center for Global Supply Chain Management. He says the state's approach – which has been to leave most of the planning and distribution of the vaccine to counties and hospitals – simply has not worked.

Vyas say responding to a pandemic is like fighting a war. That requires centralized planning.

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If you have finite resources and a finite capacity, he explained, you should look at the entire state as one system.

"Vaccine distribution is a gigantic supply chain puzzle," he said. "And it cannot just be solved by a local community and municipality working independently [of the state]."

Vyas was a guest on KPCC's public affairs show, AirTalk. He said California's density, size and geography also factor into the slow rollout.

You can listen to the full conversation with Vyas here:

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