US Ramps Up Vaccine Availability

Headline Roundup January 12th, 2021

The federal government announced updates to COVID-19 vaccine recommendations Tuesday in an effort to expand access and availability nationwide. Federal health officials are encouraging states to widen vaccination availability to people age 65 or older, and those with chronic health conditions. States won't be required to follow the guidance. The required second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines will also be released to states, effectively doubling capacity. President-elect Joe Biden, backed by numerous Democrat governors, requested similar changes last week.

The news was covered widely, often framed in the context of rising coronavirus cases. In outlets throughout the spectrum, the new guidelines were reported far less prominently than coverage of the 2020 election and breach of the U.S. Capitol. Some reports from left-rated sources framed the Trump administration's vaccination plan as subpar and distribution as dangerously slow. Some coverage from right-rated outlets credited President Donald Trump for adopting the new guidelines.

US Ramps Up Vaccine Availability

From the Left
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Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration unexpectedly shifted gears Tuesday to speed the delivery of shots. The move came after widespread concern over a slow start even as coronavirus cases and deaths reach alarming new highs.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced a series of major changes to increase supply of vaccines and expand the age groups eligible as well as locations where people can get shots.

One change will have some teeth to it. Azar said going...

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From the Center
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U.S. federal officials on Tuesday agreed to send states additional coronavirus vaccine doses requested by several governors, as the country tries to ramp up the pace of inoculations with the daily COVID-19 death toll hovering at 3,200.

Officials also recommended that states broaden vaccination eligibility to people as young as 65 or who have other chronic health conditions that make them vulnerable to severe COVID-19, drawing a mixed reaction from states that have tailored their inoculation priorities differently.

Releasing additional vaccine was called for last week by President-elect Joe Biden’s...

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From the Right
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Last week, President-elect Joe Biden announced that his incoming administration would not keep COVID-19 vaccines idling in freezers as boosters for folks who have already been inoculated with the first of two doses. Instead, his team would release all doses now and count on future production to provide the second doses in the coming weeks. This way, far more people could get some initial protection from the virus—a particularly timely consideration, as diagnosed COVID-19 cases have been soaring throughout the U.S. Additionally, it is urgent to get more Americans vaccinated...

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