US hits milestone of 100 million people vaccinated for Covid

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The United States has administered a milestone 100 million coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showed on Saturday.

More than 133 million vaccine doses have been distributed and more than 101 million have been administered, according to the agency’s Covid Data Tracker.

Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population has received a first dose of the vaccine and more than 10 percent are fully vaccinated, data shows.

With an initial focus on vaccinating elderly Americans, more than 61 percent of the US population age 65 and older have received at least one dose. And more than 32 percent of the same population have been fully vaccinated.

In total, nearly 70 million people in the United States have received at least one dose and 35 million are fully vaccinated.

The milestone accomplishes President Joe Biden’s goal to have at least 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in his first 100 days in office.

Biden has used the Defense Production Act to ramp up production after the Trump administration came up short of its stated goal of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020, with less than 3 million vaccinated.

Worldwide, the United States now has risen to the fourth highest percentage of its population fully vaccinated, trailing only Bahrain, Seychelles and Israel, according to Bloomberg’s Covid-19 Tracker.

 

 

 

 

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