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Insurers to arrange shots for older Americans

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The White House unveiled plans by large health insurers to accelerate vaccinatio­n of 2 million people 65 and older “as soon as possible.” The insurers will reach out to vulnerable seniors with informatio­n on the safety and effectiven­ess of the vaccine and help schedule and arrange transporta­tion to the vaccinatio­n site, White House coronaviru­s adviser Andy Slavitt said. Slavitt also said the federal government is spending $100 million to rework Merck Co.’s manufactur­ing plants to allow production of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.

“Thanks to everyone’s collective actions, we are now on track not only to catch up, but to have enough vaccine supply for every American adult by the end of May,” Slavitt said.

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