President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced new steps meant to speed the pace of coronavirus vaccinations:
* The federal government will increase weekly vaccine distribution to states from 8.6 million doses to 10 million doses for the next three weeks.
* The U.S. will buy another 100 million doses each of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, with delivery expected this summer. The additional orders raise the total number of doses ordered of those two vaccines from 400 million to 600 million. “As a result of these actions, the federal government will have enough vaccine supply for the entire U.S. population by the end of the summer,” the White House said.
* The Biden administration will start providing states with estimated vaccine allocations for the next three weeks instead of just one week. The change is meant to help states plan their vaccination efforts and increase certainty around vaccine supply.