Apr 16, 2021 - Health

CDC: U.S. has administered over 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

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The U.S. has administered more than 202 million coronavirus vaccine doses since the start of its inoculation campaign, with nearly 4 million vaccinations reported on Friday alone, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The numbers indicate Biden is on track to fulfill his promise of 200 million vaccinations within his first 100 days in office. The president set a new goal late last month after it became clear the U.S. was outpacing his initial goal of 100 million doses.

By the numbers: 49.1% of U.S. adults have now received at least one dose.

  • 64.6% of people in the country ages 65 and older are fully vaccinated.
  • 38.5% of the total U.S. population has been vaccinated with at least one dose.

The big picture: Health officials continue to warn Americans to remain vigilant as dangerous coronavirus variants spread.

  • There are also growing signs that parts of the country may be close to meeting demand for the coronavirus vaccine — well before the U.S. has reached herd immunity.
  • The White House announced a $1.7 billion fund to combat variants on Friday. The money will go toward genomic sequencing and data collection, among other things.
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