US administering 1.3m vaccines per day as Covid cases and hospitalisations decline: ‘We’re on track’


The United States has administered an average of 1.3 million Covid-19 vaccine doses per day in the last week, as cases and hospitalisations continue to decline across the country. 

“We are on track to meet the president’s goal of 100 million shots in 100 days,” said Jeffrey Zients, Joe Biden’s coronavirus czar, during the White House Covid response team’s press briefing on Wednesday. 

The average of 1.3 million vaccine doses administered per day was recorded from 27 January to 2 February, Mr Zients said. 

The increased number of people receiving a vaccine doses each day comes as Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations are in a “consistent downward trajectory,” said Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during the press briefing. 

Covid-19 cases, which hit a peak on 8 January, have declined 13.4 per cent to now average about 144,000 cases per day between 26 January and 1 February. 

“Cases are now back to the level we were before Thanksgiving,” Dr Walensky said.