The pace of deliveries decreased slightly due to delays in the production of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Federal authorities will distribute about 18.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States this week, down 2.5 million from a week earlier. As White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday, this is due to delays in delivering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Speaking at a White House briefing, Psaki said that the government would distribute 15.8 million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to all states and territories. Also, 2.7 million doses will be distributed through pharmacy chains.
Last week, more than 21 million doses of all three approved coronavirus vaccines were distributed in the United States, including more than 3.5 million doses of the recently approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Production of this vaccine is slower than expected, and the company will not be able to provide it to Americans this week. Deliveries are expected to resume at the end of March.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 123 million doses of vaccines had been distributed in the United States by Tuesday morning, of which 93.7 million doses had already been used for vaccinations.