Public-health officials have grown frustrated by available COVID-19 vaccines not being used up quickly enough. So they’ve decided it’s time to massively expand the number of people who can get access to them.
A senior Trump administration source confirmed to The Daily Beast that the Trump administration is set to bring in new federal guidelines to recommend opening up the vaccines to everyone in America older than age 65, as well as anyone younger who has a pre-existing condition that could make them more vulnerable to the coronavirus. Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials working on the vaccine are set to announce the guidelines on a call with the nation’s governors Tuesday. The news was first reported by Axios.
The earliest rules were aimed at immunizing the very highest-risk people—but that has now been blamed for the clunking pace of the rollout. On top of widening access, the government will no longer hold back doses for the second shot of the vaccine, and instead try to administer all available doses as quickly as possible.
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