North Carolina has reached a sobering milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services today reported more than 10,000 North Carolinians have died from the virus. The state also surpassed 800,000 total cases today. At a press briefing Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper said the state’s top priority is to equitably and quickly distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We continue running an efficient vaccine distribution and are getting all of North Carolina’s allocated first doses into arms each week before we receive the next shipment,” Cooper said.
As of today, North Carolina has administered more than 1.4 million doses of the vaccine. Cooper said the Biden Administration promised today that North Carolina would get a 5% increase in vaccine supply this week.