US shifts to speed vaccinations; won't hold back 2nd doses

US shifts to speed vaccinations; won't hold back 2nd doses Photo: Moderna

ZEKE MILLER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
Updated: January 12, 2021 12:09 PM
Created: January 12, 2021 11:13 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration has unexpectedly shifted gears to speed the delivery of shots.

A slow start had triggered widespread concern from states and public health officials.

But Tuesday Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced two major changes.

First, the government will no longer hold back required second doses of vaccines, practically doubling supply.

And, secondly, states should immediately start vaccinating other groups lower down the priority scale, including people age 65 and older, and younger people with certain health problems.

That aligns the Trump administration with President-elect Joe Biden, who earlier said he would not hold back second doses.

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