Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visits National Guard forces stationed in the U.S. Capitol and its vicinity on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 29, 2021.

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The Secretary of Defense has approved the deployment of more than 1,000 active troops to deliver Covid-19 vaccines in the United States, a member of President Joe Biden’s coronavirus response team said Friday.

Some of the troops will arrive in California next week within the next ten days and begin operations by February 15. Other states will follow. Andy Slavitt, a senior advisor to Biden’s Covid-19 response team who previously worked in the Obama administration, is told reporters.

“The vital role of the military in supporting sites will help vaccinate thousands of people every day and ensure that every American who wants a vaccine receives it,” he said during the White House news conference.

The Pentagon is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to expedite delivery of the shots, which were slower than expected.

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