Mar 4, 2021 - Health

U.S. ahead of pace on vaccines

A health care worker administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine in Ruleville, Mississippi.
A health care worker administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine in Ruleville, Mississippi. Photo: Rory Doyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S. is now vaccinating an average of 2 million people a day, up from 1.3 million in early February.

Why it matters: That puts us on track to hit President Biden's goal of 100 million doses a month ahead of schedule.

The big picture: "54 million people have received at least one dose," the N.Y. Times reports.

Mega-sites and around-the-clock operations are kicking in:

  • New York will open three mass vaccination sites on Friday, and three more sites will go around-the-clock.
  • Georgia is also preparing to open five sites in two weeks.
  • FEMA has seven sites of its own in California, New York and Texas, the Times notes, with more on the way.

What's next: Parents with children and younger teens are anxious to know when they can all get vaccinated — but the reality is that they may not be able to get their whole family protected for months, per Axios' managing editor David Nather.

  • Pfizer and Moderna both have completed enrollment for studies of children ages 12 and older, and they expect to release the data over the summer, the AP reports.
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