The Biden administration will improve the weekly provide of coronavirus vaccines despatched to states after the Nationwide Governors Affiliation requested the president for extra readability within the federal vaccine distribution.
Throughout a name with governors, the administration’s COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients stated officers will likely be “rising the vaccine provide to 13.5 million doses per week to states,” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing Tuesday.
The 13.5 million weekly doses represents a 57% improve from the quantity states obtained when President Joe Biden was inaugurated.
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Moreover, the administration is doubling the vaccine provide to its pharmacy program, with 2 million doses going to native pharmacies this week, increasing “entry in neighborhoods throughout the nation,” Psaki added.
Finally, as provide will increase, greater than 40,000 pharmacies nationwide will likely be distributing the vaccine.
The NGA sent a letter to Biden on Monday outlining issues with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution and looking for clarification concerning the allocation course of from federal, state and native governments.
“We now have two instant problems with concern,” the letter said. “First, we consider it’s important that the American individuals perceive the vaccine distribution course of and the extent of the hassle that governments on each the federal and state stage are extending. … Because of the nervousness created by the demand and provide of the vaccine, it’s crucial that the American individuals absolutely perceive the method.”
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, greater than 71.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed within the U.S., with greater than 55.2 million of these doses being administered. Greater than 39.6 million have obtained a minimum of one dose and roughly 15 million individuals have obtained each of the mandatory doses.