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Biden in Norfolk, Va., May 3. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Tuesday warned states that unordered coronavirus vaccine supply will be made available to other states, Jeff Zients, Biden's COVID-19 response coordinator, told the Washington Post.

Why it matters: The shift in vaccine allocation — which comes after the administration reached its 100 million shots-in-arms milestone — would be the most significant shift in domestic distribution since Biden took office.

Details: The White House will add unordered vaccines into a federal bank, available to states where demand for vaccines outpaces supply, per the Post.

  • States can order up to 50% above their usual weekly allocation, which will still be determined by the state's portion of the overall U.S. population.

What they're saying: White House Press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the plan to reporters at Tuesday's briefing, saying that states can still order a full allocation of doses if they want to.

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Updated Aug 11, 2021 - Health

Minnesota latest state to mandate vaccines or tests for state workers

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D). Photo: Scott Olson via Getty Images

Minnesota on Wednesday joined a growing list of U.S. states mandating COVID-19 vaccines or testing for state employees in an effort to fight the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant.

What they're saying: "Vaccination is the best way to keep employees and the people we serve safe and ensure the Delta variant does not derail our economic recovery," Gov. Tim Walz (D) said in a statement announcing the mandate.

WHO director anticipates 100 million more COVID cases globally

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

The head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that the world could see 100 million more cases of the coronavirus by early 2022, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' comments come after the number of recorded COVID cases globally reached 200 million last week, only six months after the world passed 100 million cases.

FDA set to authorize third COVID vaccine dose for immunocompromised people

A health care worker fills a syringe with Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a community vaccination event in Los Angeles. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration will update its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines as early as Thursday to allow immunocompromised people to get a third dose, a source familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: Data suggest that people with weakened immune systems don't generate strong enough levels of protection against the virus with just two doses, but a third dose could significantly help.