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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

12 billion doses of 13 different vaccines could become available by the end of the year — enough to vaccinate 70% of the globe, a new analysis from the Duke Global Health Innovation Center shows.

Yes, but: Key barriers, like unpredictable manufacturing and the variants, make it difficult to ensure supply can be distributed equitably, the report says.

The big picture: Many wealthy countries including the U.S. have taken a nationalistic approach to vaccine doses, which has fueled a huge gap in supply.

What they're saying: "Alongside the challenge of vaccine nationalism, our work highlights that manufacturing and supply issues remain the critical barriers," Andrea Taylor, lead researcher for the Launch and Scale Speedometer program, said in the analysis.

  • "There is very little transparency in the landscape, so it is difficult for country leaders to assess the feasibility of delivery schedules or to understand the risks and contingencies.”

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Biden sets new goal of 200 million vaccine doses in first 100 days

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President Biden on Thursday announced a new COVID-19 vaccine goal at his first press conference since taking office: 200 million shots administered within his first 100 days.

Why it matters ... At the current 7-day average of about 2.5 million doses administered per day, the U.S. would reach 200 million shots in the days leading up to Biden's 100th day in office: April 30.

Updated Mar 26, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Minnesota to expand COVID vaccine eligibility to everyone over 16 on March 30

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

All Minnesotans 16 and older will be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday

Why it matters: It's coming at a critical time in our quest to return to pre-pandemic life. While hospitalizations and deaths remain down, cases are rising, especially among young people.

Coronavirus cases rise in 19 states

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Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

New coronavirus infections rose over the past week in 19 states while holding steady nationwide.

The big picture: The U.S. is in a race to vaccinate as many Americans as possible before variants of COVID-19, fueled by quick reopening, can cause a new wave of rising caseloads.