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Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Roughly 32 million Americans have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to data from the CDC. A little less than one-third of that group has gotten both doses.

Why it matters: The Biden administration is trying to get as many shots into as many arms as quickly as possible — the key not only to saving lives today, but to containing the pandemic and heading off the spread of more dangerous variants of the virus.

Where it stands: Alaska is leading the way, with almost 15% of its population vaccinated.

  • Seven more states — Connecticut, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia — have vaccinated at least 10% of their residents. So has Washington, D.C.
  • A handful of southern and midwestern states are bringing up the rear: Alabama, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas have all vaccinated less than 8% of their population. Idaho is also below 8%.

By the numbers: The federal government has delivered roughly 60 million doses to the states, and about 70% of those doses have been administered, per the CDC.

  • The U.S. is averaging about 1.3 million shots per day, including both first and second doses.

What we’re watching: New cases and hospitalizations and falling as vaccinations pick up. The challenge now is to keep those trends moving in the right direction — ideally, to accelerate them — and hope to head off the rise of more contagious variants that could threaten this tentative progress.

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Feb 7, 2021 - Health

South Africa halts AstraZeneca vaccine rollout

A a local health official takes a throat coronavirus swab test in a Mamelodi township, east of Pretoria, South Africa, on Jan. 20. Photo: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa stopped the distribution of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine on Sunday, after researchers found that the vaccine "provides minimal protection" against infection from the new strain first identified in the country, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: A halted vaccine rollout is a huge setback for South Africa as it struggles to curb the spread of the virus and its variant and the country approaches 50,000 deaths.

Feb 7, 2021 - Health

AstraZeneca vaccine could be modified to protect against South Africa variant by fall, researchers say

Sarah Gilbert, a co-developer of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, told the BBC on Sunday that an updated vaccine will likely be available this fall to combat the COVID-19 strain first detected in South Africa.

Why it matters: The variant found in South Africa has concerned experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, and there have been several confirmed cases of the likely more transmissible strain in the U.S.