US pharmacy vaccine drive begins as cases fall

Washington (AFP) – The United States’ Covid vaccination drive entered a new phase Thursday as thousands of pharmacies were scheduling shots, but a wave of optimism brought about by falling cases could soon be tested by dangerous variants. President Joe Biden’s administration was shipping a million doses to some 6,500 drugstores and supermarket pharmacies nationwide, with several chains announcing they would begin giving out the first shots Friday.  The US immunizations campaign got off to a shaky start in December but has since improved: 44.8 million shots have now reached arms, and at least 3…

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