Biden to speak on new ‘use it or lose it’ vaccine distribution strategy – live

The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, is now holding her daily briefing with reporters.

Psaki opened the briefing by noting the federal government will distribute 29 million coronavirus vaccine doses this week.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will allow businesses to operate at full capacity for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the governors of the three US states have announced.

Capacity restrictions will be lifted for businesses, including restaurants, theaters, museums and gyms, marking a return to normal for an area that was once the center of the coronavirus pandemic. Combined, the three states have seen more than 85,000 deaths over the course of the pandemic.

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