Stars and Stripes stripes.com 30 Dec, 2020 22:00 am

US has administered only two million coronavirus vaccine doses; officials acknowledge lagging pace

US has administered only two million coronavirus vaccine doses; officials acknowledge lagging pace
More than two million Americans have received their first doses of coronavirus vaccines, but officials acknowledged Wednesday that the number fell short of expectations.

Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, a public-private partnership to accelerate a vaccine in the country.Gustave Perna, chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed.” Despite the hurdles, Slaoui was hesitant to say Wednesday whether Operation Warp Speed would alter its estimate that vaccines would become available to the broader population by spring 2021.Slaoui also called on more adolescents, those ages 12 to 18, to volunteer for clinical trials of the Moderna vaccine in order for it to become approved for a younger population.

” Six Department of Defense locations are participating in Phase 3 clinical trials of coronavirus vaccines.Five other locations are participating in clinical trials of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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