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Feb. 23 – The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it will increase to 14.5 million doses the weekly shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to states.White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the fifth consecutive week of supply increases during a weekly call with governors was announced by COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients, marking an increase of 1 million doses from last week and 70% since President Joe Biden took office.”States will now receive 14.5 million doses this week, up from 8.6 million doses per week when the president took office,” Psaki said.

To date, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States has delivered 82.11 million doses of coronavirus vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech and administered 65.03 million, including 44.54 million first doses and 19.89 million second doses.On Tuesday, Johnson & Johnson Vice President Dr. Richard Nettles said the company is ready to ship almost 4 million doses when authorization for emergency use is granted, in testimony during a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations.

After surpassing 500,000 deaths on Monday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, the United States added 1,347 fatalities for a total of 501,947 and 54,456 infections for a total of 28.34 million confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.On Tuesday, Johnson & Johnson Vice President Dr. Richard Nettles said the company is ready to ship almost 4 million doses when authorization for emergency use is granted, in testimony during a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations.

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We’re likely going to be sending out a terrible bunch of masks all over the country very soon, millions of them,”We’re probably going to be sending out an awful lot of masks around the country very shortly, millions of them,”After surpassing 500,000 deaths on Monday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, the United States added 1,347 fatalities for a total of 501,947 and 54,456 infections for a total of 28.34 million confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Best Buy, an electronics retailer, announced that it would provide incentives for vaccinated employees, including 8 hours of paid time off for full-time workers and 4 hours for part-time workers. For staff who feel ill after receiving the vaccine, the company will also provide additional sick time of the same amount.Additionally, Best Buy said it will pay full-time hourly workers $500 pandemic-related bonuses and part-time hourly workers $200.

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