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Virus Update: U.S. States Get Boost in Doses; Global Cargo Jam Could Last Into 2022

President Biden said he hopes the U.S. would be back to normal “by this time next year,” Bloomberg reported, but said he’d been cautioned not to provide a specific date “because we don’t know for sure.”


He announced that Merck & Co. will help make Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot coronavirus vaccine — a collaboration between rivals aimed at ramping up the pace of inoculations that will help provide enough supply for every adult in the U.S. by the end of May.


Biden also called for state and local governments to prioritize teachers for vaccinations, as he pushes for schools to reopen safely with full-time classroom instruction.