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In COVID vaccination race, no one, especially the most vulnerable, should miss this shot

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One of President Joe Biden’s favorite COVID-19 lines works both as a rebuke of his predecessor and a clear plan ofattack against the virus going forward: “It’s one thing to have the vaccine. It’s another thing to get it in people’s arms.”

Truer words never spoken. But the reality is that six weeks into Biden’s term, even with three vaccines now available after emergency approval Saturday of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot, it’s still another thing to get it in people’s arms.

More than 50 million Americans have received at least one vaccination, at an average of 1.82 million shots a day in the past week. That’s plenty to meet Biden’s December pledge of 100 million injections in his presidency’s first 100 days, but far short of the 2 to 3 million shots per day needed to reach herd immunity this year. (Biden flirted in January with raising the goal to 150 million in 100 days, but backed off.)

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