U.S. shifts to speed vaccinations; won’t hold back 2nd doses

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION will no longer hold back required second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, practically doubling supply and said that states should immediately start vaccinating other groups lower down the priority scale, including people age 65 and older, and younger people with certain health problems. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VIA AP
STATE HEALTH officials said people ages 65 to 74 could begin to receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in February, but teachers are not being set aside as a special class in Phase 2 of the state’s distribution plan. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VIA AP
WASHINGTON (AP) – Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration unexpectedly shifted gears Tuesday to speed the delivery of shots after a slow start that had triggered widespread concern from states and public health officials. Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced two major changes. First,…

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