White House ups weekly COVID vaccine supply to 13.5M doses

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The White House on Tuesday stated it was rising the allocation of the coronavirus vaccine to states to a cumulative 13.5 million doses per week, whereas additionally doubling the allotment to pharmacies to 2 million weekly doses.

The extra provides — a part of an ongoing ramp-up — come because the US continues to make sluggish however regular progress in inoculating Americans in opposition to the lethal virus.

“We’re increasing the vaccine supply to 13.5 million doses per week that will go out to states,” stated White House press secretary Jen Psaki throughout a Tuesday briefing.

“This is a 57 percent increase from the amount states received when [President Biden] was inaugurated” on Jan. 20, added Psaki.

Separately, the feds are bolstering their weekly vaccine shipments to a coast-to-coast community of pharmacies serving to to distribute the photographs on the native stage.

The launch of that initiative was introduced earlier this month, with an preliminary complete allocation of 1 million doses per week.

“We’re doubling the supply to our pharmacy program,” Psaki stated Tuesday. “This program will broaden entry in neighborhoods throughout the nation so that folks can name and make an appointment and get their shot conveniently and shortly.

“Eventually, as supply increases, more than 40,000 pharmacy locations nationwide will be providing COVID-19 vaccines through this program,” added Psaki, calling it “a critical, critical part of our plan.”

These efforts are as well as to a nationwide community of neighborhood well being facilities introduced final week with 1 million doses to begin.

A patient receives his second dose of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine
A affected person receives his second dose of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine.
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