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HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Pharmacies to Get Direct Vaccine Shipments

President Joe Biden’s administration will begin to test a program to provide Covid-19 vaccines directly to pharmacies, as officials seek to increase the pace of U.S. inoculations.

Biden’s team announced yesterday that they will ship roughly one million doses per week to about 6,500 pharmacies across the U.S. as a trial run, beginning Feb. 11. They also will boost shipments to states by 5% to 10.5 million doses per week, up from the 10 million doses that were announced a week earlier.

“This pharmacy program will expand access in neighborhoods across the country,” Jeff Zients, who serves as Biden’s coronavirus response coordinator, said at a briefing with reporters. The shipments will increase as supply permits, but “due to the current supply constraints, this will be limited when it begins next week,” he said.

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