As demand for COVID vaccine drops, states are returning millions of doses to the federal government.
According to the Associated Press, states like Tennessee and North Carolina are returning COVID-19 shots to the federal government since vaccine demand has decreased dramatically in those areas.
As states rush to use the dosages before they expire, Mississippi will transfer their surplus to Maine. On Wednesday, the adult immunization rate in Mississippi was 35 percent, whereas it was at 57 percent in Maine.
In the midst of all of this, the White House said that, in addition to the 500 million Pfizer doses committed to 92 low-income countries and the African Union next year, it planned to share 80 million doses globally by the end of June.
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Million-dollar rewards, free beer and marijuana, raffled-off hunting guns, and a slew of other incentives around the country have failed to sway vaccine skepticism, boosting the risk of new outbreaks.
Each week, the stockpiles grow more intimidating. Oklahoma has 800,000 tablets on hand but barely administers 4,500 per day, with 27,000 Pfizer and Moderna doses slated to expire by the end of the month.
Millions of Johnson & Johnson dosages were supposed to expire this month when the government extended their expiration dates by six weeks, but some leaders recognize that using them up even by then will be challenging.
“We can’t afford to let doses expire. Given the need to get vaccines to some under-vaccinated communities in the United States, as well as the glaring gap in vaccinations and vaccination inequity that we have globally, that would be an outrage,” said Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, chair of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States averaged around 870,000 new injections each day at the end of last week, down drastically from a high of almost 3.3 million per day in mid-April.
By July 4, President Joe Biden wants 70 percent of the adult population in the United States to have had at least a partial vaccination. However, the United States may fall short of its goal. According to the CDC, 64 percent of Americans aged 18 and over had received at least one dose as of Friday.
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