Trump officers talk about Covid vaccines throughout gradual US rollout

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Health Department and Pentagon officials hold a joint briefing on the Trump administration’s Covid-19 vaccination program, Operation Warp Speed, on Wednesday as more Americans receive their first shots.

More than 4.8 million people in the U.S. received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number is a far cry from the federal government’s goal of vaccinating 20 million Americans by the end of 2020 and 50 million Americans by the end of this month.

Late last month, US officials admitted vaccine distribution was slower than hoped. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told STAT News Tuesday that she believes vaccine adoption will accelerate “pretty massively” in the coming weeks.

“It is the beginning of a really complicated task, but one that we are ready for,” she told STAT.

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