The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it will further increase weekly shipments of vaccines that the federal government sends to states.
The White House COVID-19 response team announced that states will now receive 14.5 million doses starting next week, a jump of 13.5 million.
The team tweeted that the figure is “an increase of almost 70% since we took office just over a month ago.”
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This afternoon, we announced that we will increase the weekly supply of vaccines to states to 14.5 million doses beginning next week, up from 13.5 million we announced last week.
That’s an increase of almost 70% since we took office just over a month ago.
– White House COVID-19 Response Team (@WHCOVIDResponse) February 23, 2021
The announcement comes a week after the White House announced that it would increase the number of doses being distributed from 11 million to 13.5 million.
The Biden administration is working to beef up its vaccination efforts against a large number of variants that appear to be more infectious than the original strain of the coronavirus that spread around the world. COVID-19 cases are falling across the country, but the presence of the variants threatens to make that drop only temporary.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 65 million people have been inoculated with at least one injection of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, the only two so far approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Of those people, nearly 20 million have received both doses, or about 6 percent of the US population.
The expansion of vaccine distribution by the federal government comes as Moderna and Pfizer said Tuesday they will be able to deliver more than 130 million additional doses combined by the end of March. The two companies already have contracts to supply 600 million doses.