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US to reallocate doses to states in need amid drop in vaccinations; Biden aims for 70% of vaccinated adults by July 4: Live COVID-19 updates

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The Biden administration will begin allocating vaccine doses away from states with lower demand to those where demand remains high, an administration official said Tuesday.

The rush for vaccination has ebbed across much of the nation, with some states turning down all or part of their weekly dose allotments. The federal government will now shift some of those doses to areas where appointments remain difficult to get.

Governors were informed of the change by the White House on Tuesday. The official spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity before the expected public announcement later today. 

The United States is reporting first-dose vaccine jabs at less than half the pace of just a few weeks ago, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The government reported administering 6.54 million first doses in the week ending Monday, down sharply from 14 million reported in the week ending April 13. On Monday alone, the country reported about 471,000 first doses, the lowest number since Feb. 23, when an ice storm had snarled supplies. 

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