COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan 2.0 Announced
The US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced on January 12, 2021, that “the COVID-19 vaccine administration in the states has been too narrowly focused.”
As a result, the administration is now asking states to vaccinate people age 65 and over and those under 65 with underlying health conditions that put them at high risk, Sec. Azar told ABC's “Good Morning America."
“We now believe that our manufacturing is predictable enough that we can ensure second doses are available for people from ongoing production. We’ve already distributed more vaccine than we have health care workers and people in nursing homes,” Azar said. “We’ve got to get to more channels of administration. We’ve got to get it to pharmacies," reported the AP.
Sec. Azar indicated the federal government “will deploy teams to support states making mass vaccination efforts if they wish to do so.”
As of January 11, 2021, the U.S. CDC's dashboard shows over 25 million experimental mRNA vaccine doses have already been distributed.