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U.S. faces COVID-19 vaccine surplus as demand slows

Philadelphia is experiencing a surplus scare. With hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses expiring on Thursday, the town is scrambling to ship them to different distribution websites so it will not be pressured to discard them. 

“The city has a lot of vaccines in cold storage that do have to get used in a very short timeline,” stated Charlie Elison, a FEMA spokesperson. 

Philadelphia officers are hoping to vaccinate extra folks by maintaining websites open later to draw walk-ups for individuals who do not have an appointment. 

Meanwhile, extra pictures are sitting unused throughout the nation.  

For the primary time since March 22, the U.S. is averaging lower than 2.5 million vaccinations a day. Vaccinations are down practically 25% after peaking on April 11. 

A healthcare employee fills a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Blandon, Pennsylvania, on April 14, 2021.

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Oregon is experiencing a brand new COVID-19 surge, triggering restrictions that embody a ban on indoor eating. 

In Tennessee, Governor Bill Lee tweeted that “COVID-19 is no longer a health emergency in our state” due to “a widely available vaccine.” But lower than 25% of the state’s inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated. 

In Lubbock, Texas, the town’s director of public well being Katherine Wells stated there are plenty of empty chairs at a mass vaccination web site. Vaccine hesitancy stays excessive and turnout is low. 

“This is going to be an uphill battle,” Wells stated. “I really kind of see us in this time crunch of trying to get people vaccinated before we see some of these other variants.” 

A nationwide coalition of well being care suppliers is concentrating on these hesitant to get the vaccine by working an advert with the message: “This is our shot to save lives.” 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled new findings Wednesday exhibiting the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 94% efficient in stopping hospitalizations amongst absolutely vaccinated adults 65 and older. 

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