USA to expand coronavirus vaccination eligibility

The guidelines are meant to widen the pool of people who can receive the vaccine.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the federal government will now base each state's vaccine supply pipeline on the success rate of administering shots that have already been sent.

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Most states are still trying to get the vaccine to those in the first phases of the rollout: health care workers, those over age 75 and front-line essential workers, such as firefighters and police officers, as well as teachers, corrections officers, USA postal workers, public transit workers and those whose jobs are essential for the food supply.

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"This is just a staging, moving to the next phase on the vaccine program", Azar said. Operation Warp Speed has been holding back half of the doses in an effort to make sure recipients could receive their second dose.

The new approach aligns with President elect Joe Biden's plan to release most of the available vaccine doses so that a greater share of the population can be protected.

She noted that the World Health Organization requires a minimum 50 percent efficacy for the use of a Coronavirus vaccine. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, images, videos, licenses, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this article.

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