U.S. distributes over 13.07 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines; 4.2 million administered -CDC

People try to keep a social distance due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as they walk on the boardwalk in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware, U.S. January 2, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had administered 4,225,756 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Saturday morning and distributed 13,071,925 doses.

The tally of vaccine doses distributed and the number of people who received the first dose are for both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, vaccines as of 9:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, the agency said.

According to the tally posted on Dec. 30, the agency had administered 2,794,588 first doses of the vaccines and distributed 12,409,050 doses.

A total of 2,217,025 vaccine doses were distributed for use on long-term care facilities and 282,740 people in the facilities got their first dose, the agency said.

The agency also reported 20,061,818 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 168,637 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 2,428 to 346,925.

The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 pm ET Friday versus its previous report published on Dec. 31. bit.ly/2X1Zu8v

The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.

Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla and Nandakumar D in Bengaluru; Editing by David Gregorio

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