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The US is working to vaccinate a high percentage of its population against COVID-19 as soon as possible to stop the spread of the disease and end the outbreak in the country.
The mission becomes even more urgent as coronavirus variants emerge around the world, raising concerns that the virus could escape our efforts to control it if it is not quickly slowed to slow its spread.
Since vaccine distribution began in the US on December 14, more than 32 million doses have been administered, representing 7.8% of the total US population. This is based on federal data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The US currently manages around 1.3 million shots a day.
In addition to the states, the federal government distributes vaccines to four federal agencies, five US territories, and three freely associated states.
Currently, the two COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use each require a two-shot regimen three or four weeks apart. The vaccination is not complete until both doses have been received.
Sales strategies – along with the efficiency and fairness of the process – vary from state to state.
Getting millions of people vaccinated Order of priorityis a major logistical challenge for states. As a result, there is often a delay between the state receiving vaccine supplies and the time all shots get into people’s arms.
The rate of vaccination has improved since December, but there are still millions more doses given to states than given to humans.
States receive weekly vaccine allocations from the federal government based on their total adult populations. Each state has its own plan for delivering these vaccines to its residents – through health departments, hospital systems, pharmacies, mass vaccination centers, and mobile clinics – and some states use their supplies more efficiently than others.
Some state officials have argued that the CDC numbers don’t accurately reflect how efficiently they are delivering the vaccine doses received. The CDC says their data may reflect a reporting delay of up to five days.
President Biden has set himself the goal of getting 100 million rounds in the guns in the first 100 days of his term – an effort that extends from late January to April.
To accelerate efforts to vaccinate the U.S. population, the country needs more vaccines from manufacturers and more efficiency from states, Biden said.
The Biden administration is working out a deal to buy one an additional 200 million vaccine doses by Pfizer and Moderna, due to ship this summer, and plans to use the Defense Production Act to remove other bottlenecks such as B. Limited supplies of syringes or protective equipment.
Biden pledged to give the states more reliable forecasts of vaccine supply weeks in advance to help them plan. He also announced plans to increase the number of vaccines and blanket the country with thousands of new locations where people can get vaccines, such as B. Local pharmacies and vaccination centers supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Selena Simmons-Duffin, Ruth Talbot, Thomas Wilburn, and Carmel Wroth contributed to this report.