Pentagon will deploy troops to assist COVID-19 vaccine drive

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says the Pentagon will deploy troops to assist getting Americans vaccinated against COVID-19. Coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt announced Friday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It means about 1,000 active duty military personnel will deploy to help state vaccination centers. President Joe Biden has called for setting up 100 mass vaccination centers around the country within a month. Two are opening in California, and Slavitt said military personnel will arrive at those centers in a little over a week.

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

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