The U.S. government to start direct vaccine shipments to pharmacies

The U.S. government announced it will begin direct shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to retail pharmacies on February 11, expanding points of access for Americans to receive shots.

White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said, “Millions of Americans turn to their local pharmacies every day for their medicines, flu shots, and much more. And pharmacies are readily accessible in most communities, with most Americans living within five miles of a pharmacy. That’s why we’re pleased to announce our first phase of the federal retail pharmacy program for Covid-19 vaccinations.”

The administration also announced it is increasing the weekly allocation of vaccines going to states, tribes and territories by an additional 5 percent, bringing the weekly total of vaccines purchased per week to a minimum of 10.5 million. It will initially be “limited.”

Vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna are stepping up production to provide the extra doses.

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