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U.S. to change allocation to favor states that quickly administer shots

Elderly people, who are 65 and over, wait in line at the Department of Health Sarasota COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Sarasota, Florida, U.S. January 4, 2021.

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The federal government is changing the way it allocates coronavirus vaccine doses, now basing it on how quickly states can administer shots, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday.

States will be given two weeks’ notice before the government makes the change, Azar told reporters during a press briefing. The two-week time frame gives states time to improve their reporting to the government and ensures all vaccinations are being “promptly” reported, he said.

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