President Joe Biden said on Thursday that his goal of achieving 100 million coronavirus vaccine doses administered in his first 100 days in office would be achieved by Friday, well ahead of the original goal.
“I am proud that tomorrow, 58 days into my administration, we will meet our goal of giving 100 million shots to our fellow Americans,” he said in a White House speech.
When Biden came into office on 20 January, the program to stop the coronovirus epidemic through national immunization was only underway.
Biden initially said he wanted to administer 100 million doses within 100 days, but after easily reaching that goal, he said he would announce a new benchmark next week.
“Eight weeks ago, only eight percent of seniors – the weakest of Kovid-19 – received vaccinations. Today 65 percent of people 65 or older have received at least one pill,” he said.
“This is important, as it is the population that represents 80 percent of the 500,000 Kovid-19 deaths that occur in the US.”
Despite initial doubts about the goal of applying one million vaccines a day, health workers are now injecting between two to three shots per day.
The accelerated vaccine rollout is accompanied by a falling infection rate, leading to optimism that the world’s largest economy is headed for a powerful rebound.
However, with a new surge in Kovid-19 cases and Europe reeling from vaccine programs that stumble there, US health officials continue to be warned.
“It’s a time for optimism, but it’s not a time for relaxation,” Biden warned.
“Now is not the time to disappoint our guards. In the past week, we have seen an increase in the number of cases in many states. Scientists have clarified that things could get worse with the new form of this virus.”
– Vaccines for American Neighbors –
Americans need to take the opportunity to vaccinate when available, he said, addressing large sectors of society that have been opposing so far.
Former President Donald Trump only met directly with his supporters this week, who told one of the largest groups of vaccine opponents to embrace the shots, “It’s a fantastic vaccine, it’s a safe vaccine.”
But with vaccine production churning in the United States, the Biden administration says it is now at the point of being able to send a surplus of the AstraZeneca version to neighboring Mexico and Canada.
Biden’s press secretary, Jane Psy, said 2.5 million doses were being given to Mexico and 1.5 million to Canada. There is a total reserves of seven million doses.
However, Saki was unclear at the time.
“We’re assessing how we can borrow doses,” she said. “It has not been fully finalized yet. This is what we are working on for Canada and Mexico.”
“Our first priority is to vaccinate the US population,” he said.
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