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Texas expecting 400K more vaccine doses for next week

Syringed doses of the COVID-19 vaccination sit ready for distribution at a senior living residents facility Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Plano, Texas. The U.S. is entering the second month of the biggest vaccination effort in history with a major expansion of the campaign. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas again reported more than 400 new COVID-19 deaths Friday as the state is on the brink of surpassing 3 million administered doses of vaccine.

The number of hospitalized virus patients fell to fewer than 10,300 as more beds continue opening after a bleak few weeks following the Christmas holidays. More than 38,000 people in Texas have died from COVID-19, the third-highest in the nation.

Texas continues to have among the most new cases per capita, with one in every 216 people diagnosed with virus between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, according to John Hopkins University. On Friday, state health officials announced Texas is expecting to receive more than 400,000 first doses of the vaccine for next week.

Roughly 7.5% of Texas residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 2% are fully vaccinated.