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Guardian: Joe Biden will release most available Covid-19 vaccine doses to speed delivery to more people when he takes office, a reversal of the Trump administration policy, his office said Friday.
The move came after the US suffered its deadliest ever day from the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, with more than 4,000 people dying from the virus amid warnings the situation could deteriorate further this month.
The record daily death toll of 4,085, according to Johns Hopkins University data, has brought the total number of US deaths to more than 365,000 since the pandemic began, with more than 21.5 million people having contracted the disease – both totals are far greater than any other country in the world.
“The president-elect believes we must accelerate distribution of the vaccine while continuing to ensure the Americans who need it most get it as soon as possible,” spokesman TJ Ducklo said in a statement. Biden “supports releasing available doses immediately, and believes the government should stop holding back vaccine supply so we can get more shots in Americans’ arms now”.
Under the Trump administration’s approach, the government has been holding back a supply of vaccines to guarantee that people can get a second shot, which provides maximum protection against Covid-19. Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require a second shot about three weeks after the first vaccination. One-shot vaccines are still undergoing testing. Read more..