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A health care worker administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine in Ruleville, Mississippi. Photo: Rory Doyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S. is now vaccinating an average of 2 million people a day, up from 1.3 million in early February.

Why it matters: That puts us on track to hit President Biden's goal of 100 million doses a month ahead of schedule.

The big picture: "54 million people have received at least one dose," the N.Y. Times reports.

Mega-sites and around-the-clock operations are kicking in:

  • New York will open three mass vaccination sites on Friday, and three more sites will go around-the-clock.
  • Georgia is also preparing to open five sites in two weeks.
  • FEMA has seven sites of its own in California, New York and Texas, the Times notes, with more on the way.

What's next: Parents with children and younger teens are anxious to know when they can all get vaccinated — but the reality is that they may not be able to get their whole family protected for months, per Axios' managing editor David Nather.

  • Pfizer and Moderna both have completed enrollment for studies of children ages 12 and older, and they expect to release the data over the summer, the AP reports.

Go deeper

Mar 4, 2021 - Health

The danger of a fourth wave

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Anomalous Arkansas case data from Feb. 28 was not included in the calculated change; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. may be on the verge of another surge in coronavirus cases, despite weeks of good news.

The big picture: Nationwide, progress against the virus has stalled. And some states are ditching their most important public safety measures even as their outbreaks are getting worse.

Vaccine site opens at Tampa Greyhound Track

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A FEMA-coordinated mass COVID-19 community vaccination site opens Wednesday morning at the Tampa Greyhound Track in Sulphur Springs and will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

The state of play: The site will accept walk-ups only and will first vaccinate law enforcement officers, firefighters and school employees ages 50 and older, plus residents 65 and older and those with medical conditions that make them "extremely vulnerable."

Ina Fried, author of Login
Mar 4, 2021 - Technology

"Fludemic" model accurately maps where COVID hotspots will crop up a week out

Image: Fludemic

By combining a range of private and public information, a small startup says it is able to predict COVID-19 hot spots at the neighborhood level a week out — with 92% accuracy.

Driving the news: The startup, Data Driven Health, made a version of its flu and COVID-prediction model freely available Wednesday, offering data down to the neighborhood level.