20:42 GMT05 March 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Biden administration expects all backlog vaccine doses to be delivered by the middle of the week following the disruption caused by the winter storms, White House coronavirus response adviser Andy Slavitt told reporters.

    “I reported on Friday that we would catch up on deliveries by the end of this week,” Slavitt said on Monday. “We now anticipate that all backlogged doses will be delivered by mid week.”

    One third of the coronavirus vaccine doses delayed amid the winter storms in the US have been delivered and the White House expects to fully catch up on vaccine distribution this week, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said earlier on Monday.

    According to the press secretary, the administration has already managed to deliver 2 million of the 6 million delayed vaccine doses.

    This month’s mass power outages and road closures were triggered by severe winter storms in the US. Texas was the most hard-hit, with US President Joe Biden having approved a major disaster declaration for the state this weekend.

    The federal government has also approved emergency declarations for Oklahoma and Louisiana.


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