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Daily vaccination rate is rising among Americans getting their first shot, officials say

Nurse Helene Leger gives FIorida International University student Vanessa Claude her first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at a site on campus Aug. 24 in Miami. (Marta Lavandier/AP)
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The daily number of people getting their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine has risen by more than 70 percent since mid-July, White House officials said Tuesday.

On average, about 450,000 Americans a day are getting their first jab, up from 260,000 a little more than a month ago, Jeff Zients, the White House Covid-19 Response Team coordinator, said in an afternoon briefing.

“This is critical progress in the face of the delta variant,” he said. “More and more Americans are stepping up each day to get vaccinated.”

The bump in vaccinations comes as polling shows the pandemic reemerging as Americans’ top concern.

Here’s what to know

  • Unvaccinated people in Los Angeles County were five times as likely to get infected with the coronavirus and 29 times as likely to be hospitalized as people who were fully immunized, newly released data shows.
  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown revived the state’s outdoor mask mandate Tuesday, saying the delta variant of the coronavirus had pushed infections to record levels.
  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said that she will require masks in public and private schools in an effort to fight off the delta variant.
  • CVS Health, UPS, Deloitte and Walt Disney Co. said they would add or expand vaccine requirements for workers after the full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
  • The National Rifle Association announced that its annual meeting in Houston will be canceled because of the pandemic.
  • A Biden administration review into the origins of the coronavirus is expected to be completed by a Tuesday deadline, but it will take a few days to put together an unclassified version for the public.