The U.S. administered more than 1 million vaccine doses Friday, marking the third day in a row more than a million shots were distributed, according to a White House official.
Cyrus Shahpar, the White House’s COVID-19 data director, said more than 1.05 million doses were given Friday, including 526,000 first shots.
Saturday just in: +1.05M doses reported administered over yesterday, including 526K newly vaccinated. Third consecutive 1M+ day in over two months. Now 60% of all eligible (12+) fully vaccinated. Keep adding to our protection against Delta, we can get through this together! 🇺🇸
— Cyrus Shahpar (@cyrusshahpar46) August 21, 2021
Shahpar noted that 200 million Americans have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The U.S. has already fallen short of several vaccine goals, including the aim to have at least 70% of American adults vaccinated by July 4, and a commitment to send 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June.
This week, the White House recommended that Americans who got the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines receive booster shots eight months after their second does. (A booster for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also likely, but the company hasn’t yet completed a clinical trial to determine the efficacy of an additional dose.)
While the vaccines are highly effective, health officials said “a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability.”
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