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U.S. administers 359.6 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines - CDC

Aug 19 (Reuters) - The United States has administered 359,623,380 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Thursday morning and distributed 422,175,735 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The doses administered increased by more than a million from 358,599,835 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Aug. 18 out of 419,612,925 doses delivered.

U.S. officials have started to accelerate vaccinations as coronavirus-related deaths have spiked in the United States over the past month due to the spread of the Delta variant.

The agency said 199,887,548 people had received at least one dose while 169,592,873 people were fully vaccinated as of Thursday.

The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech , as well as Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Thursday. (Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)

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