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Maine needs to speed up to hit Joe Biden’s May target for universal vaccine eligibility

Good morning from Augusta. A year ago today, the first coronavirus case was found in Maine. Here is our front page from that morning. Since then, 723 people have died with the virus.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Tomorrow marks one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Maine, a year since we all began this long day’s journey into night, a year during which the unfathomable became the commonplace with frankly unnerving frequency,” Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Nirav Shah said Thursday as Maine prepared to mark the anniversary of the virus arriving here.

What we’re watching today

The timeline for getting enough vaccines to bring an end to the pandemic in the U.S. is clearer than ever, but the state has not yet changed its prioritization. The pace of vaccinations in Maine has continued to accelerate, with a record 17,561 doses reported on Thursday. The seven-day average of doses administered rose to 12,612, up from 7,157 four weeks earlier. So far, just over 1 in 5 Mainers have received at least one vaccine dose.

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