Here are some significant developments:
- In his first interview since taking office, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said the federal campaign to vaccinate Americans against the coronavirus must “reach people where they are,” bringing vaccine-filled syringes into farm fields and onto construction sites to ease profound racial and ethnic disparities in who has been receiving the protective shots.
- Texas and Oklahoma on Tuesday joined a growing list of states opening vaccinations to their general populations. In Texas, all adults will be eligible for the vaccines starting March 29. In Oklahoma, anyone over 16 will be able to get the shots starting the same day.
- Amid vaccine skepticism, especially among male Republicans, the nation’s sports leagues unveiled a new pro-vaccine public service announcement.
- German leader Angela Merkel is extending the country’s lockdown to April 18 and urging people to stay at home over Easter as a devastating third virus wave builds in the country.
- At least 82.8 million people have received one or both doses of a coronavirus vaccine in the United States. More than 543,000 people have died of coronavirus in the country, out of roughly 29.8 million confirmed cases.