The White House said the Pentagon will deploy over 1,000 active-duty troops to assist in the vaccination rollout, with the possibility of more troops eventually joining the effort. The Biden administration is also invoking the Defense Production Act to increase supplies of vaccines, tests and protective equipment.
On Sunday, as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 neared 463,000, millions of Americans gathered for Super Bowl watch parties, raising fears of a fresh surge in cases. More than 25,000 fans attended the Super Bowl in person in Tampa, Florida. After the hometown Buccaneers won, thousands of revelers flouted public health measures and packed the streets in celebration.