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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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May 4, 2021 - Health

Report: CVS and Walgreens have wasted over 128,000 COVID doses

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CVS and Walgreens, two pharmacy chains that have worked with the federal government to administer COVID-19 vaccines, wasted more doses than most states combined, per government data obtained by Kaiser Health News.

Why it matters: The wasted doses raise questions about the efficacy of the vaccine rollout, especially now as the U.S. starts sending extra doses to India and other COVID-stricken countries.

May 4, 2021 - Health

Reports: FDA expected to authorize Pfizer for adolescents by next week

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The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds by next week, The New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Opening up vaccine eligibility to young people and children will be crucial as the U.S. works to achieve herd immunity.

May 4, 2021 - Health

The next vaccination push will lean on churches, employers

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The U.S. vaccination effort is preparing to lean on employers, houses of worship, community organizations and even home-based delivery in order to reach the people who haven't yet gotten vaccinated.

Why it matters: Shots will need to become much more easily accessible and trusted organizations will have to help overcome vaccine hesitancy in order to keep America's vaccination progress going as demand begins to wane.