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LIVE UPDATES: Vaccinations ramp up in US as 2nd coronavirus treatment nears approval

Hospitals around the U.S. started dispensing coronavirus vaccine shots to their workers Tuesday in a rapid expansion of the country’s distribution of the treatment.

It came as the Food and Drug Administration said a preliminary analysis confirmed the effectiveness and safety of a second vaccine — developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health — and one day after the rollout of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus shots.

FAST FACTS

    • Just half of Americans say they want to get vaccinated, according to a recent AP poll
    • Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. surpassed 300,000 on Monday

The first 3 million shots were being strictly rationed to front-line health workers and nursing home patients — groups considered at high risk for catching the deadly virus.

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