The push to get Americans vaccinated against the coronavirus is proceeding more slowly than expected, an official in charge of the effort said, even as the number of shots given reached 1 million.
Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientific adviser to U.S. vaccine program Operation Warp Speed, said on a call with reporters Wednesday that getting shots into people’s arms isn’t going as quickly as he’d thought. “We’re here to help the states to accelerate that appropriately,” Slaoui said.
About 1 million doses have been administered since the inoculation campaign began last week, according todata from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but that substantially trails the pace of distribution. More than 9 million shots have been sent around the U.S. so far, according to the CDC.
Next week, the government plans to ship another 4.67 million doses, putting it on track to disburse 20 million shots to the states by year-end, according to General Gustave Perna, Operation Warp Speed’s chief operations officer.
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