US administers 3 million vaccines for 2nd consecutive day

The United States has for the first time administered more than three million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for two consecutive days, according to official figures published Sunday.

The new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirm the growing reach and success of the US vaccine rollout.

The CDC reported 3.04 million doses had been administered in the 24 hours through Sunday morning, after 3.12 million the previous day. It said the latest seven-day average was 2.44 million doses a day.

“First time we have had 3M or more in two consecutive days. Also second consecutive day reporting more than 2M first doses per day,” tweets Cyrus Shahpar, the White House Covid-19 data director.

“Making progress!” he adds.

The United States has suffered more COVID-19 deaths by far — some 542,000 to date — than any other country.

This December 2, 2020, photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)