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Take the stand in his own defense. Still unknown. Okay, NPR's Adrian Florido. Thanks, Adrian. Like, you know. More than three million covert 19 covert 19 vaccines are being administered every day. But a mismatch between supply and demand is emerging. Health officials in some parts of this country say they have so much vaccine that appointments are going unfilled. In other places where cases are rising. Their vaccine shortages. NPR's Allison Aubrey is following this one. Good morning, Alison. Good morning, Noel. Okay, so we we have talked to you a lot on the show lately about Michigan, where cases air really surging. Is that state have enough vaccine. Well, Governor Gretchen Whitmer says her state needs more supplies. She says extra doses could help quash hot spots. You know so far. The White House covered response team has said it will not shift the allocation program, which is based on the state's population. The administration has promised extra resource is, but not more doses. No house so Governor Widmark continues to press the issue here She is on CBS yesterday. We are definitely grateful for the boots on the ground that they're sending the mobile units, But I am going to also continue fighting for my state, and we have thousands of partners who are ready to put shots in arms. We just need those vaccines to come into Michigan. She says. The variance help explain the surge and around the country know how they're still in more than 60,000 new cases a day. This comes at a time when allocations of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are down due to a production issue at a Maryland facility, where vaccine ingredients were kind of mixed up that is still being worked out so fewer doses that vaccine are being shipped out. So places where there are shortages and then other places in the country where you have appointments, and they're going on filled. That's right. And some of this is the hesitancy that we've talked so much about. I spoke to Clare Hannon of the Association of Immunization Managers. He points to some areas in the south, including Mississippi, as well as Kansas in the Midwest parts of North Dakota. Now there are lots of efforts underway to directly reach out to people, including having primary care doctors reach out to their patients and other initiatives. In Alaska. There actually going door to door and in North Dakota. They're getting their providers to record messages to send out little videos to their patients. You know, encouraging the vaccine, stating that they've gotten the vaccine and hopefully that is making a difference, But we're just kind of reaching that point where supply is ahead of demand in some areas. Remember. Public health officials say that we need the 80% or so of the population to be protected to reach her community and herd. Immunity, of course, would be a global phenomenon right there still inequity. Some countries don't have access to the vaccine or too much vaccine, and the body administration now says it will help how Well. Secretary of State Tony Blinken has pointed to the partnership with Japan, India and Australia to increase vaccine manufacturing capacity and on NBC yesterday, he said, the U. S has the responsibility to take the lead here. We're going to be the world leader on helping to make sure that the entire world gets vaccinated. And here's why, Unless and until the vast majority of people in the world of vaccinated it's still going to be a problem for us, because as long as that the virus is replicating somewhere could be mutating and that it could be coming back to hit us. And given what's happening in Brazil and in India with surging cases no out it really puts the urgency into perspective. Yeah, sure does. NPR's Allison Aubrey? Thanks, Alison. Thank you, Noel. Or a top officials from the Biden administration are holding a summit with leaders of some high tech industries to address a supply chain problem. There's a shortage of semiconductors, the small computer chips that power cars and cell phones and just about everything else. At this point, they're made almost entirely in Asia, and the shortage has forced auto manufacturers to interrupt production. There are concerns that other industries could also see slow doubts. NPR White House correspondent Scott Tetro has been following this one. Good morning, Scott. Good morning. How serious is this is a shortage. You know, As Steve mentioned, cars are becoming more and more computerized demand for cars a surging right now, and there is just a huge supply shortage, not enough semiconductors to go around right now to make cars so tomb or General Motors plants. Just announced temporary shutdowns because they don't have the materials they need. GM has caused more than a half dozen plants. Now four Ford plans are temporarily shut down as well among other automakers, and the reason our White House correspondent is covering this is because the White House is actually trying to do something about it, right. Yes, I did not just shift beats. So President Biden has already ordered a review, looking at what the federal government can do to make sure more semiconductors are manufactured in the U. S because there's the supply issue. Also a sustained environment of trade wars and more economic nationalism with China in particular, so today, the White House is meeting with people from 19 different companies across the range of industries. I interviewed Duleep Singh about this. He's a Nash. He's a deputy national security advisor in the Biden administration, also the deputy director of the National Economic Council. He says. The White House knows this is a serious economic problem. And when you look at how many other industries rely on semiconductors, particularly the most high capacity ones, that it is a big national security problem, too. Pharmaceuticals space but also weapons systems and satellites. So here's the problem today. 100% all of the most advanced semiconductors air produced in East Asia. That's a critical vulnerability. The White House wants to spend a lot of money on this $50 billion to boost domestic manufacturing the same amount to create a new department within the Commerce Department to take a look at this. So he's titties Summit actually about selling the infrastructure plan. It's a big part of it, and also from the messages that we have heard. I think the White House also seems to be making it clear to these companies it is ready to intervene. Biden and top advisers have centered a lot of policy around the needs to make the economic interests of middle class Americans central to both foreign and domestic policy. And, just as importantly, for their political future toe, let voters know they're trying to do this..