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Watch live: Trump officials discuss vaccine rollout as criticism mounts

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Officials from the Worry of Health and Human Services and the Pentagon are holding a joint briefing Wednesday on the Trump administration’s Covid-19 vaccine program Direction Warp Speed.

The briefing comes as the administration faces criticism for what appears to be a slower-than-expected rollout of the vaccines.

More than 11.4 million measures of Pfizer and Moderna’s two-dose vaccines have been distributed across the country as of Monday morning, but just approximately 2.1 million shots have been given to people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s a far cry from U.S. salubrity officials’ original goal of injecting at least 20 million Americans with their first shots in advance the end of the year.

The CDC, however, acknowledged delays in its vaccine data from the states and jurisdictions that collect and report it to federal officials, among other factors.

“A large difference between the number of doses distributed and the number of doses administered is expected at this consideration in the COVID vaccination program due to several factors,” the agency said.

President-elect Joe Biden and public health specialists contain criticized Trump’s immunization program in recent days for failing to administer doses as quickly as they are distributed.

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