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The United States 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 task becomes more urgent as coronavirus variants emerge around the world, raising concerns that the virus may evade our efforts to control it, if its spread is not curbed quickly.
Since the vaccine began distribution in the United States on December 14, more than 61 million doses have been administered, reaching 12.9% of the total US population, according to federal data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The United States currently manages more than 1.8 million shots per day.
In addition to the states, the federal government distributes vaccines to four federal agencies, five U.S. territories, and three freely associated states.
Currently, the two COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use require a system of two shots spaced three or four weeks apart. The vaccination is not complete until both doses are received.
Distribution strategies – coupled with efficiency and fairness in the process – It varies from country to country.
Millions of people are vaccinated, in Priority systemIt is a huge logistical challenge for countries. As a result, there is often a delay between the time states receive their federal shipments of vaccines and when they get all the shots in people’s arms.
The speed of vaccination has improved since December, but there are still millions of more doses distributed to states than have been administered to people.
States receive weekly vaccine allocations from the federal government based on the total adult population. Every state has its own plan for how to get those vaccines to its residents – through county health offices, hospital systems, pharmacies, mass vaccination sites, and mobile clinics – and some states are using their supplies more efficiently than others.
Some state officials have argued that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers do not accurately represent how effective they are in managing the doses of vaccine they receive. The CDC says its data may reflect reporting delays Up to five days.
President Biden announced the goal of firing 100 million rounds into the weapon in the first 100 days of his administration – an effort that runs from late January through April.
To speed up efforts to vaccinate the US population, Biden says the country needs more vaccine supplies from manufacturers and more efficiency from the states.
On February 11th, President Biden announced that the federal government had signed buyouts 600 million doses of vaccine From Pfizer and Moderna, with deliveries by summer. The federal government also announced that it is using the Defensive Production Law To help ease other bottlenecks, such as a limited supply of syringes or protective equipment.
In late January, it was The Biden administration promised To provide states with more reliable forecasts of vaccine supply at least three weeks ahead of schedule, increase the number of vaccinators and cover the nation with thousands of new government-backed sites where people can go to get vaccinations.
Selena Simons-Dauphin, Ruth Talbot, Thomas Wellborn and Carmel Roth contributed to this report.