Can’t it all just be over already?
That’s the sentiment of a vast majority of Americans who’ve been suffering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the many, varying repercussions that it has brought with it.
Thankfully, a vast number of vaccines effective against the virus are coming to market, and in rapid succession. The only problem now is just how to get those vaccines out into the arms of the willing public.
The Biden administration is looking to speed up the process by cutting out some of the former middle men involved.
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The Biden administration said Tuesday it will begin distributing a limited number of Covid-19 vaccine doses directly to retail pharmacies across the nation.
Many pharmacies are already administering vaccine doses that have been allocated to states. Under the new program, the federal government would ship doses directly to pharmacies. The new pharmacy initiative — which is aimed at broadening access to vaccines generally — is separate from an ongoing federal program to have Walgreens and CVS vaccinate residents of long-term care facilities.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters that the government will ship only about 1 million doses per week to about 6,500 pharmacies through the new program at first. The vaccine sent directly to pharmacies starting next week will be in addition to the weekly shipments to states, which this week will total roughly 10.5 million doses.
It is believed that these vaccines could begin to be administered as early as February 11th.
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