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US asking states to speed vaccine, not hold back 2nd dose

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is asking states to speed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people older than 65 and others at high risk by no longer holding back the second dose of the two-dose shots, The Associated Press has learned.

The Trump administration is expected to recommend opening up vaccines to everyone older than 65 and to get the vaccines to more people by not holding back the second vaccine dose.

That's according to a Trump administration official familiar with the decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement. States determine who should get the vaccine based on CDC guidelines.

President-elect Joe Biden said just last week he would curtail the current practice of holding back vaccine doses to guarantee that people who get their first shot can also get a required second inoculation three weeks later.

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