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Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Biden announced Monday that 90% of Americans will have a vaccination site within five miles of their homes by April 19.

Driving the news: The administration is increasing the number of pharmacies in the federal vaccination program from 17,000 to nearly 40,000 across the U.S., and plans to set up a dozen more mass vaccination sites by April 19.

Details: The federal mass vaccination sites will feature weekend and extended daytime hours, reserve slots for registration through faith-based and community-based organizations, and deploy mobile units to help vaccinate surrounding communities, according to the White House.

  • In partnership with states, these sites will be able to administer a total of 79,000 shots per day at full capacity.
  • Biden also plans to unveil "a new effort to fund community organizations to provide transportation and assistance for the nation’s most at-risk seniors and people with disabilities to access vaccines," according to the White House.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has steadily ramped up its vaccination campaign, but underserved communities are still lagging behind. The expansion of pharmacy sites will be part of an effort to boost vaccinations in the "highest-need neighborhoods," the White House said in a fact sheet.

The big picture: The White House estimates 90% of adults will be eligible to receive the vaccine by April 19, as states work to meet Biden's deadline of May 1 for universal eligibility.

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CDC: Pfizer, Moderna vaccines are 90% effective in real-world conditions

A registered nurse loads a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP via Getty Images

People who are fully vaccinated with the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna are 90% less likely to get infected with COVID-19, according to a CDC study that tested nearly 4,000 health care workers and other essential workers for the virus weekly.

Why it matters: The data show how well the vaccine performs in non-clinical trial settings. During the mRNA clinical trials for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, effectiveness from full vaccination was about 95%.

Mar 29, 2021 - Health

The quest to create vaccine passports

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The Biden administration is working alongside private companies to create "vaccine passports" that would allow Americans to prove they've been vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Many companies have said they'll require proof of vaccination as part of reopening.

Mar 29, 2021 - Health

Millions of Americans remain vulnerable as variants drive up cases

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Coronavirus cases are on the rise again in several states, partially a result of variants of the virus becoming more widespread, experts say.

Why it matters: Even though a remarkable 72% of Americans 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, millions of Americans — particularly younger Americans with underlying conditions — remain vulnerable.