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Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Pentagon are holding a joint briefing Wednesday on the Trump administration’s Covid-19 vaccine program, Operation Warp Speed, as Americans receive some of the first shots.
Just over 1 million people in the United States have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine as of Wednesday morning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is far from the federal government’s goal of inoculating 20 million Americans by the end of the year.
Earlier Wednesday, the National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins that if the U.S. government does not meet its vaccine target by the end of this month, he hopes Americans “will understand that this is a logistical challenge of enormous proportion.”
“Honestly, I think it’s pretty amazing that it’s gone as fast as it has, acknowledging that it’s only been ten days since the FDA gave its first approval for emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine and then a week later. for Moderna, ”Collins told CNN.
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