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One Fourth of US Vaccinated; Approval of AstraZeneca Shots Likely in April After Successful US Trial

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The US has given at least one Covid vaccine dose to 24.9% of its residents as of yesterday, according to the Center for Disease control. Some 32% of adult Americans have received a jab and 69.2% of Americans over 65 years of age have gotten at least one shot.

With Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna both increasing production and Johnson and Johnson scheduled to deliver 20 million doses by the end of the month, vaccinations look likely to ramp up even more by the end of the month. J&J has only deliver 4.3 million doses with most of the doses expected in the last few days.

AstraZeneca’s US Trials Show 79% Efficacy

www.msn.com/… AstraZeneca says it will apply for FDA’s emergency approval in the first half of April. Its US trial showed 79% efficacy and 100% against severe Covid-19. The head of the company says it will have 30 million doses ready for delivery in the US upon approval.

The AstraZeneca vaccine has a 2 dose regimen and  has no special refrigeration requirement. Many governments have already approved its use but the FDA’s approval will help to overcome some lingering doubts about the vaccine due to missteps made during its earlier trials and allegations about blood clots which now seems to be unmerited.

The findings of a large U.S. trial have shown that the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford is 79% effective in preventing symptomatic illness and 100% effective against severe disease and hospitalization. Ruud Dobber, president of AstraZeneca U.S., joined CNBC’s Meg Tirrell and the CNBC’s “Squawk Box” crew on Monday to discuss the results.

Production of Vaccines Ramp Up at Pfizer and Moderna

www.msn.com/…

Both the production and administration of shots have picked up in recent weeks, however. Now, some 2.5 million people in the U.S. are vaccinated daily on average, up from about 500,000 in early January, though many who want a vaccine still can’t get it.

The increased output should be enough to fully vaccinate 76 million people in the U.S. in March, another 75 million in April and then 89 million more in May, according to estimates from Evercore ISI analysts. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses.

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COVID.CDC.GOV/…                  COVID-19 VACCINATIONS IN US
Day Delivered Total Shots 1st Shot      % of Pop 2nd Shot      % of Pop
2/21 Sun 156,734,555 126,509,736

+2,028,324

82,772,416      24.9%

+1,356,647

44,848,494         13.5%
2/20 Sat 156,734,555 124,481,412

+3,039,915

81,415,769      24.5%

+2,048,544

44,141,228         13.3%
3/19 Fri 156,734,555 121,441,497

+3,127,679

79,367,225      23.9%

+2,137,164

43,036,818          13%
3/18 Thu 154,199,235 118,313,818

+2,583,810

77,230,061      23.3%

+1,734,345

41,934,629         12.6%
3/17 Wed 151,108,445 115,730,008

+2,692,381

75,495,716      22.7%

+1,825,760

40,981,464         12.3%
3/16 Tue 147,590,615
113,037,627
+2,299,771
73,669,956      22.2%

+1,534,340

39,989,196          12%
3/15 Mon 142,918,525 110,737,856

+1,655,996

72,135,616      21.7%

+1,081,171

38,992,039          11.8%
3/14 Sun 135,847,835 109,081,860

+2,021,586

71,054,445      21.4%

+1,410,460

38,286,605          11.5%
3/13 Sat 135,847,835 107,060,274

+1,356,773

69,643,985      21.0%

+759,974

37,411,776          11.3%
3/12 Fri 135,846,665 105,703,501

+4,575,496

68,884,011      20.7%

+2,918,706

36,883,178          11.1%
3/11 Thu 133,337,525

101,128,005

+2,924,112

65,965,305       19.9%

+1,893,631

35,000,159          10.5%
3/10 Wed 131,131,470

98,203,893

+2,482,603

64,071,674       19.3%

+1,620,524

33,863,127          10.2%
3/9 Tue 127,869,155

95,721,290

+2,028,692

62,451,150       18.8%

+1,424,025

32,904,161           9.9%
3/8 Mon 123,232,775

93,692,598

+1,602,746

61,027,125       18.4%

+1,021,894

32,079,368           9.7%
3/7 Sun 116,378,615

92,089,852

+1,738,102

60,005,231       18.1%

+1,131,521

31,285,186            9.4%
3/6 Sat 116,363,405

90,351,750

+2,439,427

58,873,710       17.7%

+1,514,861

30,686,881            9.2%
3/5 Fri 116,355,405 87,912,323

+2,904,229

57,358,849       17.3%

+1,811,152

29,776,160            9.0%
3/4 Thu 114,133,115

85,008,094

+2,435,246

55,547,697       16.7%

+1,512,027

28,701,201            8.6%
3/3 Wed 109,905,530

82,572,848

+2,032,374

54,035,670      16.3%

+1,180,091

27,795,980            8.4%
3/2 Tue 107,028,890

80,540,474

+1,908,873

52,855,579       15.9%

+1,100,132

26,957,804            8.1%
3/1 Mon 102,353,940

78,631,601

+1,731,614

51,755,447       15.6%

+1,022,450

26,162,122           7.9%
2/28 Sun 96,402,490

76,899,987

+1,663,984

50,732,997       15.3%
+960,817
25,466,405            7.7%
2/27

J&J vaccine

authorized

1/19

1/18

1/14

pre-Biden

Moderna

Pfizer/Bio

20,110,911

authorized

authorized

covid.cdc.gov/…

(The CDC has a 72 hour window for reporting vaccine numbers)

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