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Fauci says COVID vaccine pace rising in the US after slow start

Fauci says COVID vaccine pace rising in the US after slow start
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that in the past 72 hours, about 1.5 million vaccine doses have been administered, or about 500,000 per day, a substantial pickup in pace.

The important thing is to see what's happening in the next week, to week and a half," Anthony Fauci said on ABC's "This Week.While the goal to have 20 million people vaccinated by the end of 2020 wasn't achieved, that many doses should at least be shipped by the end of the first week in January, Fauci said."The numbers are real," Fauci said."We need to double down on the things we talk about all the time," notably wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding "congregate" settings, especially indoors, Fauci said on NBC.

"Those are real numbers, real people, and real deaths.Operation Warp Speed, the federal effort to develop and distribute a vaccine against the coronavirus, has so far failed to meet projections for how quickly people will be inoculated.

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