One jab for more than half US adults

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Just more than half of all US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, with nearly 130 million people aged 18 or more having had their first shot.

That figure makes up about 50.4 per cent of the adult population, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marking a milestone for a country that has seen over 560,000 pandemic deaths, the highest for any nation, as the government ramps up the pace of vaccination.

The United States had administered 209,406,814 doses of vaccines as of Sunday morning and distributed 264,505,725 doses, the CDC said on Sunday.

Those figures are up from the 205,871,913 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by April 17 out of 264,499,715 doses delivered.

The agency said 131,247,546 people had received at least one dose, while 84,263,408 people were fully vaccinated as of Sunday.

The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna Inc and Pfizer Inc/BioNTech , as well as Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine.

On Tuesday, federal health agencies recommended pausing the use of J&J's COVID-19 vaccine for a few days after six women under age 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the shot.

A total of 7,779,273 vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities, the CDC said.