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US asking states to speed vaccine, not hold back 2nd dose

Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 8:43 AM EST
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WASHINGTON (WVLT / AP) - The Trump administration is asking states to speed up the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people older than 65 and others at high risk.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the Trump administration is recommending opening up vaccines to everyone older than 65 and to get the vaccines to more people by not holding back the second vaccine dose.

States determine who gets the vaccines based on federal guidance. Azar said that “the administration in the states has been too narrowly focused.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense will hold a briefing with senior officials on Operation Warp Speed and COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.

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