President Joe Biden said that 50Million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administrated across the US. He attended the massive vaccination campaign against the coronavirus Thursday and highlighted his administration’s progress and said, “This is not a time to relax. We must keep washing our hands, stay socially distanced, and for God’s sake wear a mask”. He also outpaced his administration’s goal to distribute 100m shots in his first 100 days in office. The president also showed the reports of vaccine distribution to states and has increased by 70% since his inauguration from 8.6 million doses a week when President Donald Trump left to 14.5 million now. Also, 60% of people over age 75 have received at least one shot, close to 50% of those over 65 got vaccinated.
Joe Biden marks 50M vaccine in first five weeks
Biden said, “the more people get vaccinated, the faster we are going to beat this pandemic. We are halfway there: 50 million shots in 37 days. That’s weeks ahead of schedule”. The new administration lead by Joe Biden has been providing regular updates on its efforts to distribute coronavirus vaccines to states. The coordinator of the White House coronavirus response team said that the administration distributed an average of 1.4m doses a day last week. The numbers and reports make clear that Biden’s administration is outpacing its goal and promises.
Experts have said the White House should get a more ambitious target
Reports show that more than 45 million Americans have been administrated at least one dose of the approved vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna since they received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in December. Meanwhile, Biden predicted that by late spring there will be enough vaccine to administer to anyone that wants it, but that hesitance of the vaccine will limit the number of people who want it. The massive campaign introduced by Biden’s administration is to educate people about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, in hopes of stimulating demand as the nation aims to vaccinate about 80% of adults to reach herd immunity and end the pandemic.
The president has also planned to tour a US military-run mass vaccination site in Houston and this is one of several ways his administration is aiming to speed injections, particularly once supply increases. He also said that a third vaccine is receiving approval as soon as this weekend, as Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose candidate undergoes review by the FDA. Biden also appealed for the help of governors in passing his $1.9tn relief plan. “We have a plan to roll it out as quickly as Johnson & Johnson can make it. The economic toll of this pandemic continues to tear through our country as brutally as the virus itself”, Biden added.