US boosting vaccine deliveries amid complaints of shortages

US boosting vaccine deliveries amid complaints of shortages
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Washington. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: Answering growing frustration over vaccine shortages, President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced that the US is ramping up deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough vaccine doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer or early fall.

President Biden, calling the push a “wartime effort,” said the administration was working to buy an additional 100 million doses of each of the two approved Covid-19 vaccines. Mr Biden acknowledged that states in recent weeks have been left guessing how much vaccine they will have from one week to the next.

Shortages have been so severe that some vaccination sites around the United States had to cancel tens of thousands of appointments with people seeking their first shot.

Biden said: “This is unacceptable. Lives are at stake.”

He promised a roughly 16% boost in vaccine deliveries to states over the next three weeks.

The administration said it plans to buy another 100 million doses each from drugmakers Moderna and Pfizer to ensure it has enough vaccine for the long term. Even more vaccine could be available in coming weeks if federal scientists approve a single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson, which is expected to seek emergency authorization.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the government plans to make about 10.1 million first and second doses available next week, up from this week’s allotment of 8.6 million.

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