Published: Wed, May 05, 2021
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White House to shift COVID-19 vaccine to states with more need

White House to shift COVID-19 vaccine to states with more need

He noted that over 80 percent of Americans over the age of 65 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and said there has been no difference in rates across ethnic and racial minority groups in that age bracket.

"Well, I am not going to - I'm one of these guys who thinks positively and not negatively", Biden replied. "We are committed to the Biden Administration's ambitious goal to celebrate our independence from Covid-19 by Independence Day, and we are encouraged by the news last week that over 200 million vaccine doses were administered in the first 100 days of the Biden Presidency", read the letter of Krishnamoorthi.

Biden acknowledged there is debate about what percentage of the USA population needs to be vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity, or the point when enough people are vaccinated to make the spread of the virus unlikely.

The US will be sending 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries starting from June 2021, the White House announced earlier.

Biden also added Wednesday that his administration is working with retail chains and sports leagues to offer deals and promotions for people who get vaccinated in the hopes making vaccinations more "fun".

It appears the White House will now put weekly unordered doses into a kind of federal holding place where states can ask for more depending on their local demand for vaccinations.

Biden's push comes as his administration has shifted away from setting a target for the reach "herd immunity", instead focusing on delivering as many shots into arms as possible. Officials hope that extending vaccinations to teens - who would be eligible to get the first dose in one location and the second elsewhere - will further accelerate the nation's reduced virus caseload and allow schools to reopen with minimal disruptions this fall.

"There are tens of thousands of Americans who are alive today who would not be alive otherwise had they not had access to a rapid vaccination program", Biden said.

"The light at the end of the tunnel is actually growing brighter and brighter", Biden said. The administration says that when states decline the vaccine they have been allocated, that surplus will shift to states still awaiting doses to meet demand. The administration had previously allocated shots evenly to states, based on adult population, regardless of how many injections were given.

DeLauro, Garcia and six other Democrats also met Friday with White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, urging them to support the waiver.

However, White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki stated on Monday that these shipments will not happen right away, and that no doses will be shared until the Food and Drug Administration has concluded its review, which may take several more weeks. The Washington Post first reported on the new allocation. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at the time almost all states were ordering at or near their population allocations, which is no longer the case. Louisiana, meanwhile, hasn't drawn down its full vaccine allocation from the federal government for the last few weeks.

Individual states have made similar shifts internally to account for changing demand.

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