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White House offers new tax credit to help spur vaccinations

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says there's a “new phase” in the federal vaccination effort, and it's relying on increased outreach to Americans to get their shots, both to protect them and their communities.

He says in a White House speech that "vaccines can save your own life, but they can also save your grandmother’s life, your co-worker’s life, the grocery store clerk or the delivery person helping you and your neighbors get through the crisis. That’s why you should get vaccinated.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is trying to overcome diminishing demand for COVID-19 shots by offering businesses a tax incentive to give employees paid leave to get vaccinated.

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The effort comes as the U.S. is set to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 200 million coronavirus doses in his first 100 days in office.

As the vaccination program progresses, the administration believes it will be more difficult to sustain the current pace of about 3 million shots per day.

More than 130 million Americans have yet to receive one dose. And over the last week, the pace of inoculation in the U.S. has slowed slightly.

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