U.S EYES RETURN TO NOMAL NEXT SUMMER AS ONE MILLION VACCINATED
A senior official on Wednesday said more than a million Americans have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccines as the US eyes a return to normal by next summer.
The news comes as the winter surge in cases rages across the country, where the virus has claimed more than 320,000 lives and is on course to be the third leading cause of death in the year.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield said jurisdictions had logged the first million shots with his agency since the biggest immunization drive in US history kicked off on December 14.
Some three million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were rolled out last week, and the official goal for this week was two million more Pfizer doses, and six million from Moderna.
Moncef Slaoui, chief advisor of the government’s Operation Warp Speed, said the objective of injecting 20 million people this month was “unlikely to be met,” adding that a delay was beginning to emerge between doses being distributed to sites and the shots being administered.