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DeSantis says ‘pods’ will help the state to administer 60K COVID-19 vaccines daily

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a news conference Wednesday that he wants the state to administer between 50,000 to 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines daily.

He said the state will employ vaccination pods to help reach more people.

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They will be opened across the state, including Central Florida, DeSantis said.

Such a pod opened Wednesday in Sun City Center, a retirement community near Tampa.

DeSantis said the state received about 266,000 doses of the vaccine this week, and he expects to receive 307,000 more doses next week.

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The nation has been dealing with a supply shortage, but President Joe Biden has promised to up the allotments.

The Biden administration also promised that states will be notified of their shipments three weeks in advance to allow for better planning.

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