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Biden marks 50 million COVID-19 vaccinations across the US

The total number of people in the US who've received at least one dose, including during the Trump administration, now stands at 76.9 million, according to Johns Hopkins.

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Biden marks 50 million vaccinations since he took office on Jan. 20.
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The US is on its way to 100 million COVID-19 shots in 100 days. President Joe Biden says that 50 million coronavirus vaccine shots have been administered since he took office 40 days ago, on Jan. 20.

"In five weeks, America has administered the most shots of any country in the world," he said Monday, "with among the highest percentage of population fully vaccinated."

The numbers reflect those living in the US who have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; according to data from Johns Hopkins University, about half this number, or 25 million Americans, have been fully vaccinated since the beginning of the vaccine rollout in December 2020. 

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The total number of people in the US who have received at least one dose -- including during former President Donald Trump's administration -- is 76.9 million, Johns Hopkins says. As of March 1 at 12:30 p.m. PT, there have been 513,000 coronavirus-related deaths across the US.

Biden's announcement comes two days after the US Food and Drug Administration approved Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine, also known as the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, making it the third vaccine available in the United States. In December, the FDA granted emergency use authorizations for the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines, both of which require two shots.

The Pfizer vaccine is said to be 95% effective, and Moderna, 94%. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has shown 85% effectiveness against severe forms of COVID-19 and 100% efficacy against hospitalization and death, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Last month, Biden announced that the US is buying enough doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to cover 300 million people in the country by the end of July -- though this doesn't mean everyone will be vaccinated by then.

Here's where to get a COVID-19 shot, and here's how to track how many vaccines are available in your state.

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The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.