States can expect about 14.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine this week, an almost 70% increase in distribution over the past month, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.
Pharmacies will also the shipments sent directly to them increase by about 100,000 doses this week, Psaki said.
The stepped-up efforts come as the COVID-19 death toll in the US surpassed 500,000 – far more than any other country.
Biden officials admitted last week that the extreme weather that swept much of the US and left parts without power last week had delayed the delivery of six million doses of precious COVID-19 vaccines.
From coast to coast, states were scrambling Tuesday to catch up on vaccinations a week after winter storms battered a large swath of the US and led to clinic closures, canceled appointments and shipment backlogs nationwide.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 13.3 percent of Americans have had one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccines. More than 64 million doses have been administered, according to Bloomberg data.
But the storms threw a wrench in the rollout…