Eighty percent of Americans 12 and older have had at least one COVID-19 shot-White House

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FILE PHOTO: Julissa Vasquez, 23, receives a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination as part of a vaccine drive by the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians in Arleta, Los Angeles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eighty percent of Americans 12 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said on Wednesday, highlighting a promising milestone in efforts to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

Speaking to reporters, Zients also said 2.6 million kids aged 5-11 will have gotten their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by end of Wednesday.

(Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein and Alexandra Alper)

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