The US tops the list of total vaccine administrations despite a lagging rollout and ongoing issues.
As of Monday, the United States has administered more than 12.2 million doses of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine to its population, per estimated counts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and University of Oxford.
Late last week, US state and national officials confirmed that the supposed federal reserve of COVID-19 vaccines that was intended for an expanded distribution does not exist. The Washington Post reported Friday that doses of the vaccines BNT162b2 and mRNA1273 that were declared by Health and Human services Secretary Alex Azar, MD, to be in storage for second-dose administration were actually distributed at the end of December. Unnamed sources informed the publication that the issuance of vaccines will remain flat in the coming week. This comes at a time when the CDC is reporting that just 36% of the 30.6 million vaccine doses have been administered, a much slower rate that initially anticipated.
Additionally, the CDC has stated that the novel variant of COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7, may lead to a large increase in the number of cases, potentially becoming the dominant strain in the US in the coming months. B.1.1.7 has been reported in 76 cases in 10 states, although that number is believed to be much higher. The variant is spreading faster and appears to be more contagious than other COVID-19 strains.
New Jersey, the second most densely populated state in the US, has come into the top 10 of vaccines administered since last week after a slow initial rollout.
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