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White House promises vaccine help as states rush to catch up

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States are scrambling to catch up on coronavirus vaccinations after bad weather last week led to clinic closures and shipment backlogs.

Posted: Feb 23, 2021 1:24 PM

DALLAS (AP) — States are scrambling to catch up on coronavirus vaccinations after bad weather last week led to clinic closures and shipment backlogs. But they're also gearing up to administer even more shots as the supply increases. A limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines hampered the pace of vaccinations even before extreme weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses. But the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that states can expect about 14.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine this week, an almost 70% increase in distribution over the last month. The White House also told governors that the number of doses sent directly to pharmacies will increase by about 100,000 this week. The stepped-up efforts come as the U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpassed 500,000.

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