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The United States has enough COVID-19 vaccine to cover the demand for booster shots as well as doses for younger children once approved, according to The Associated Press.

State leaders such as Colorado Gov. Jared Polis have said they are prepared for the demand for more vaccine and Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said many states had planned their supply around a broader booster shot recommendation than the one approved, AP reported.

The Food and Drug Administration last week approved a Pifzer booster shot for people 65 and older and those at risk of severe illness from the virus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said last week approval for a vaccine for children 5-11 could come within a few weeks.

Despite the preparedness for increased vaccine demand, challenges remain. The Wall Street Journal reported that pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens are dealing with labor shortages that could effectively hinder meeting the demand for shots, and the U.S. reportedly has already wasted more than 15 million doses since March 1.

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