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Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Pentagon are holding a joint briefing Wednesday on the Trump administration’s Covid-19 vaccine program Operation Warp Speed.
The briefing comes as the administration faces criticism for what seems to be a slower-than-expected rollout of the vaccines.
More than 11.four million doses of Pfizer and Moderna’s two-dose vaccines have been distributed throughout the nation as of Monday morning, however nearly 2.1 million pictures have been given to individuals, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s a far cry from U.S. well being officials’ authentic purpose of injecting at the very least 20 million Americans with their first pictures earlier than the top of the 12 months.
The CDC, nevertheless, acknowledged delays in its vaccine knowledge from the states and jurisdictions that acquire and report it to federal officials, amongst different components.
“A large difference between the number of doses distributed and the number of doses administered is expected at this point in the COVID vaccination program due to several factors,” the company mentioned.
President-elect Joe Biden and public well being specialists have criticized Trump’s immunization program in latest days for failing to manage doses as rapidly as they’re distributed.