White House Increases Weekly COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution to States, Pharmacies

The Biden administration is increasing the number of vaccine doses distributed weekly to states by 57%, as well as doubling those going to retail pharmacies, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced on Feb. 16.

The White House will increase the weekly COVID-19 vaccine distribution to 13.5 million doses, up from 11 million last week, Psaki said during a daily news briefing.

The White House will directly distribute 2 million doses to retail pharmacies nationwide, up from 1 million doses shipped last week to 6,500 pharmacies, Psaki said, adding that the plan is to eventually expand to 40,000 pharmacies.

“This program will expand access in neighborhoods across the country so that people can call and make an appointment and get their shot conveniently and quickly,” Psaki said.

“This is a critical, critical part of our plan,” Psaki added.

The Biden administration has been gradually increasing the number of vaccines being delivered each week and it also has been opening up new distribution sites, such as vaccination centers, community health centers, and pharmacies.

Last week, President Biden announced that the United States has secured an additional 100 million doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and 100 million more from Moderna, bringing the total number of supply to 600 million doses.

According to data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, over 52.8 million doses out of 70 million have been administered as of Feb. 14.

White House Health Advisor Anthony Fauci told CNN that it may take by the end of summer and early fall for everybody in the U.S. to get vaccinated.

“It may take until June, July, and August to finally get everybody vaccinated,” Fauci said.

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