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These 46 Critical Days Defined Our Year of Living in a Pandemic

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Dec 31: US falls short of goal to vaccinate 20 million Americans by end of 2020

The federal government does not meet its goal to administer 20 million coronavirus vaccines by year end due to logistical problems and underfunded health departments. By Dec. 31, 2.8 million people had received the first of two doses needed to provide immunity to the virus, according to the CDC.

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Jan 13: US passed 23 million cases

Just four days after passing 22 million cases, the U.S. tops 23 million confirmed COVID-19 cases. Almost 384,000 people in the country have died, accounting for about 19% of the nearly 2 million COVID-19 deaths reported around the world.

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Feb 11, 2021: US reaches deal for 200 million vaccines doses

The U.S. government announces it will buy 200 million more doses of the COVID-19 vaccines that have so far been approved for use in the country, a step that may provide enough doses to fully inoculate almost every American eligible for the vaccine by the end of the summer.

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Feb 27, 2021: FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

The FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine for emergency use. Rollout of the third COVID-19 vaccine would start two days later. The company pledged to provide the U.S. with 100 million doses by the end of June.

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Mar 2, 2021: Biden says US will have enough vaccines for all American adults by end of May

President Joe Biden announces the U.S. expects to receive enough coronavirus vaccine doses for all adults by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated. As of March 2, 2021, 8% of the U.S. adult population has been fully vaccinated. About 80%-90% is needed for herd immunity.

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