As of Dec 30, 14 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered in the U.S. — so why have only roughly 2.6 million people been administered doses?
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In US news and current events today, America’s slow vaccine rollout has been alarming but officials are hopeful it will increase ‘exponentially.’ As of Dec 30, 14M doses of the vaccine have been delivered in the U.S. but only about 2.6M people have been administered doses, a number much lower than projections made by Operation Warp Speed officials earlier in December. According to a report from New York Magazine, millions of vaccine doses are in danger of expiring before they can even be administered. There have already been reports from San Diego & Kentucky of workers scrambling to vaccinate certain residents ahead of their turns with vaccines that were otherwise about to expire. In a December 30 news conference, Dr. Slaoui acknowledged that the number of vaccines given is ‘lower than expected.’ At the same news conference, head of Warp Speed Gustave Perna said the last two weeks have presented many challenges. Adm. Brett Giroir, HHS assistant secretary for health, reiterated the expectation that the vaccine program would be slow to start. In addition to over-projections, critics say a lack of national strategy is hurting the vaccine rollout. On December 29, President-elect Joe Biden rebuked the Trump admin’s vaccine distribution plan. Biden said his admin will leverage the Defense Production Act to accelerate vaccine manufacturing among other initiatives, like launching a vaccine education campaign. For more coronavirus news and COVID-19 updates, subscribe to NowThis News.
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