Washington has been preparing to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children under 5, though Department of Health officials have urged patience, saying sudden demand after federal approval for the vaccinations may outstrip the immediate supply.
Nationally, fewer people are dying of COVID-19 even as infection rates rise, breaking the previous pattern of rising death rates closely following surges in virus prevalence. Scientists say COVID deaths remain low because so many Americans have been vaccinated, previously infected, or both — though the virus is still killing an average of over 300 Americans each day.
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