US has enough Covid-19 vaccines for boosters, kids’ shots

US has enough COVID-19 vaccines for boosters, kids’ shots
Source: AP
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Daily US Times: US health authorities said, with more than 40 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines available, they are confident there will be enough for both qualified older citizens seeking boosters and the young children for whom initial vaccines are expected to be approved in the not-too-distant future.

The spike in demand — which was expected following last week’s federal recommendation on booster doses — would be the first significant jump in months.

More than 70 million US citizens remain unvaccinated despite the enticement of free food or gifts, lottery prizes and pleas from exhausted health care workers as the average number of deaths per day climbed to more than 1,900 in recent weeks.

State and federal health authorities said current supply and steady production of more shots of vaccines can easily accommodate those seeking initial vaccination or boosters, avoiding a repeat of the frustratingly slow rollout of coronavirus vaccines across the country early this year.

On Tuesday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said: “I hope that we have the level of interest in the booster … that we need more vaccines. That’s simply not where we are today. We have plenty of vaccines.”

Robust supply in the United States enabled President Biden this week to promise an additional 500 million of Pfizer’scoronavirus vaccine to share with the world, doubling the US’s global contribution. Health organizations and aid groups have pushed the US and other countries to improve vaccine access in countries where even the most vulnerable people haven’t had a shot.

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