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Health Department and Pentagon officials hold a joint briefing on the Trump administration’s Operation Trump Warp Speed Covid-19 vaccination program on Wednesday as Americans receive some of the first shots.
Just over 1 million people in the US received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine from Wednesday morning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is a far cry from the federal government’s goal of vaccinating 20 million Americans by the end of the year.
The director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins said earlier Wednesday that if the US government fails to meet its vaccination target by the end of this month, he hopes Americans “understand that this is a logistical challenge of enormous proportions”.
“In all honesty, I think it’s pretty amazing that it’s been going as fast as it ever was. It’s only been 10 days since the FDA first approved the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine, and then a week later for Moderna,” Collins told CNN.