White House plans to increase Covid vaccine 23% this week and as a result, Covid-19 vaccine shipment increases from 11 million to 13.5 million per week. The administration also noted a 57% increase since the President Joe Biden took the office. On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “President Boden’s administartion will be sending 13.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to states weekly, an increase from 11 million. The administartion will be doubling the amount of vaccines that will be shipped directly to pharmacies to 2 million. Eventually, as supply increases, more than 40,000 pharmacy locations nationwide will be providing COVID-19 vaccines through this program. This is a critical, critical part of our plan”.
States To Receive The Biggest Boost In COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments
This not only speed the nation’s health and economic recovery, but also slow the mutation of the virus. In the district of Columbia and other 35 states, people 65 and older can seek an appointment to get vaccinated. The latest boost in supply was the biggest so far and weekly COVID-19 vaccine shipments have increased to 57 percent since Biden’s inauguration. Joe Biden’s COVID-19 coordinator, told that, “This program will expand access to neighbourhoods across the country. Also, the number of doses sates will receive will increase from 8.6 million a week they received during Biden’s first week in office to the 13.5 million. That’s a minimum. Supply will continue to ramp up.”
Vaccination sites all over the country are shutting down
But according to reports, although vaccine distribution has increased, vaccination sites all over the country are shutting down while hundreds of thousands of people are on waiting lists. The federal officials also warned governors on Tuesday that extreme winter weather this week may delay vaccine shipments.
Biden’s administration has announced this vaccine distribution program to send vaccines directly to select pharmacies earlier this month, saying that one million doses a week would go out to 6,500 pharmacies as it first launched. The federal government’s top infectious disease expert, Fauci also said on Tuesday that vaccines will become widely available slightly later than he initially thought. “All Americans will likely be eligible for a vaccine shot by May or June, despite saying last week that April would be open season for vaccinations. This delay is partly because Johnson and Johnson is not manufacturing doses as quickly as expected,” Anthony Fauci said.
According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 38.3 million number of Americans have received at least one coronavirus vaccine shot as of Sunday. The health official are racing to increase the pace of vaccinations. But the new mutations could make the coronavirus more contagious. Biden’s administration had purchased enough Pfizer and Moderna vaccine doses to cover 300 million people by the last week of July.