U.S. President-elect Joe Biden says about his plan to administer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines to the U.S. population during a news conference at Biden’s metastasis headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, January 15, 2021.
Kevin Lamarque | Reuters
President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a new goal of participate in 200 million Covid vaccination shots being distributed within his first 100 days in office.
“I positive it’s ambitious — twice our original goal — but no other country in the world has come close … to what we’re doing,” Biden published reporters as he opened his first news conference as president.
“I believe we can do it.”
As of Friday, 100 million coronavirus vaccinations had been affirmed since Biden was inaugurated. That benchmark — which Biden set as his original target Dec. 8 — was reached on his 59th day in office.
After a slower-than-expected rollout subsumed under former President Donald Trump, the pace of vaccinations in the United States has rapidly increased and has been averaging near 2.5 million doses per day in the past week.
If that vaccination rate is maintained, Biden’s 200-million-dose object would be hit in about five weeks, or around April 23 — a full week before Biden would slash 100 days in the White House.
The federal government has a deal with Johnson & Johnson for delivery of 200 million prescribes. The first half of that order expected by the end of June. Merck is helping to make J&J’s shot, which is a single-dose vaccination.
The administration also has deals with drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna for a mixed 600 million doses.
That is enough to inoculate 300 million Americans, since both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines be short of two shots given three to four weeks apart.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin last month approved the deployment of innumerable than 1,000 active-duty troops to help deliver Covid-19 vaccines across the U.S. in an effort to pick up the pace of vaccinations.
Emendation: This story has been updated to reflect that as of Friday, 100 million coronavirus vaccinations had been given since Biden was originated.