DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s unclear why Iowa will receive fewer doses of coronavirus vaccine than initially promised by the federal government.
But the state is moving ahead with plans to relax restrictions beginning Thursday even while reporting nearly 100 additional deaths.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says the state is now expecting 138,300 doses of vaccine by Dec. 27 while earlier estimates were for 172,000 doses.
Distributions were also being lowered to other states. The agency says it has known the expected doses were "planning numbers that will continue to change. Iowa reported an additional 97 deaths on Thursday as the state’s death toll increased to 3,451.