US Now Administering 3 Million Vaccine Doses Daily
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- The U.S. reported Saturday another daily record of new coronavirus vaccine doses administered, pushing the weekly average of new shots per day above 3 million, according to data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- The agency reported that about 4.1 million new coronavirus vaccine doses were administered on Saturday, the highest mark since the Food and Drug Administration approved vaccines for emergency use late last year
- According to the CDC, about 104.2 million U.S. residents, making up 31% of the population, have received at least one vaccine shot, while 59.9 million people, or 18% of the population, are fully vaccinated
- The FDA has approved three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use, including Moderna and Pfizer's vaccines, which require two doses for full protection, and Johnson & Johnson's vaccine, which is a single-shot regime
- CDC data also shows that three-quarters of U.S. residents aged 65 and older have received at least one vaccine dose
- This comes as 81% of the country's COVID-19 deaths have occurred in people age 65 and up