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WH says Pentagon has approved troops to assist at state vaccine sites

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During the White House COVID-19 response team briefing on Friday, senior adviser Andy Slavitt said that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has authorized the use of more than a thousand active duty troops to support state vaccination sites.

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ANDY SLAVITT: In addition, I want to announce that the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, has approved FEMA's request to augment and expedite vaccinations across the country. He's ordered the first contingent of more than 1,000 active duty military personnel to support state vaccination sites. Part of this group will start to arrive in California within the next 10 days to begin operations there around February 15th, with additional vaccination missions soon to follow. The military's critical role in supporting sites will help vaccinate thousands of people per day, and ensure that every American who wants a vaccine will receive one.