The first 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US in just 10 days

Dr. Prakash Patel, pulmonologist at Tristar StoneCrest Medical Center, takes a selfie with a nurse after receiving his COVID-19 vaccine. Rob Lindsay
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they had administered 1,008,025 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. by Wednesday morning and distributed a total of 9,465,725 doses.
After vaccinating members of three priority groups - healthcare workers, frontline workers, and those over 75 - access to vaccines will expand to vaccinate the general population.
If distribution is not interrupted, a quarter of Americans could be vaccinated by spring.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a vaccine milestone on Wednesday as COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospital stays continue to rise.
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More than 1,008,025 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have now been administered in the US, and the CDC said it had distributed a total of 9,465,725 doses. The news comes just 10 days after an accelerated, ambitious vaccination campaign started.
"As we celebrate this historic milestone, we also recognize the challenging path," CDC Director Robert Redfield said in the CDC press release. "There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the US, but the supply will increase in the coming weeks and months."
The CDC added that the number of vaccines distributed includes doses of both the Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, but the number of doses given includes only the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.
Federal bodies and states continue to determine who is next in line to receive the vaccine.
After vaccinating approximately 24 million healthcare workers and nursing home residents, the CDC recommends that key workers be on the front lines and people over 75 have their turn. The next priority group would include approximately 49 million people, including teachers, first responders, U.S. Postal Service employees, and grocery store employees.
Ultimately, states decide on the arrangement, and a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation confirmed that the majority of states follow CDC priority group guidelines, but Nevada, New Hampshire, and Wyoming are among a handful of states that other groups like that Prioritize law enforcement agencies.
DC politicians young and old were also among the first to be vaccinated.
By the end of January, Insider plans to have 50 million people vaccinated within the first priority groups, and by March, Operation Warp Speed ​​plans to have 100 million Americans vaccinated.
If distribution is not interrupted, a quarter of Americans could be vaccinated by spring.
"Hopefully if we get through December, January, February, March, April, we will be able to reach the people listed as priority people," said Dr. Anthony Fauci told reporters in November. "I would say by April, May, June, July, when we get into late spring and early summer, people in the so-called general population don't have basic conditions or other designations that would make them a priority." could get them. "
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