Mar 12, 2021 - Health

U.S. surpasses 100 million COVID vaccine doses administered

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The U.S. has now administered more than 101 million doses of coronavirus vaccine — with almost 20% of the population having received at least one dose and over 10% of the population fully vaccinated.

Why it matters: The milestone comes as the U.S. speeds up its vaccine rollout. President Biden on Thursday directed states and tribal governments to designate all adult Americans eligible for a vaccine no later than May 1.

The big picture: Pfizer — the first available COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. — received its emergency use authorization in December. Moderna received its EUA a few weeks later and Johnson & Johnson got its green light in February. The three vaccines have helped speed up rollout.

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