Categories: U.S News

US to Release Millions of Doses to Target Those 65 and Older

The Trump administration is releasing millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses it was holding back for use as second doses in order to vaccinate Americans older than 65, as well as Americans with underlying health conditions.

Appearing on a morning news show, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, “The administration in the states has been too narrowly focused.”

“We now believe that our manufacturing is predictable enough that we can ensure second doses are available for people from ongoing production,” Azar told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “So, everything is now available to our states and our health care providers.”

He said the new strategy would not interfere with Americans waiting for a first dose.

While the federal government provides the two-shot vaccine to the states, each state distributes them according to its own plan. Most states had prioritized health care workers and nursing home residents.

“We’ve already distributed more vaccine than we have health care workers and people in nursing homes,” Azar said. “We’ve got to get to more channels of administration. We’ve got to get it to pharmacies, get it to community health centers.”

He said the federal government “will deploy teams to support states doing mass vaccination efforts if they wish to do so.”

As of Monday, the CDC reported that almost 9 million Americans had received the first shot of the vaccine.

Deenewsline

Share
Published by
Deenewsline

Recent Posts

Ethereum Climbs 10.58% In Rally

Investing.com - was trading at $1,277.43 by 21:18 (15:48 GMT) on the Investing.com Index on…

6 mins ago

Racegoers let their hair down at the Magic Millions Classic on the Gold Coast

While Britons endure their third lockdown this January, hundreds of racegoers are letting their hair down…

19 mins ago

Military jets bomb bandits in Kaduna forests, kill many

NAF jet By Ibrahim HassanWuyo Air missions conducted by the military over locations of interest…

26 mins ago

James Murdoch says there will be a ‘reckoning’ for the media after Capitol riots

James Murdoch claimed on Friday that U.S. news outlets will be faced with a 'reckoning' after…

31 mins ago

Amit Shah lays foundation stone of Bhadravathi RAF Centre

Shivamogga (Karnataka) [India], January 16 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday laid the…

37 mins ago

PM Modi launches Rs 1,000 crore Startup India Seed Fund

New Delhi [India], January 16 (ANI): Asserting that India is one of the biggest startup…

37 mins ago