US President Joe Biden plans 200 million COVID vaccinations in 100 days

March 26, 2021 | Updated 2:55 pm

US President Joe Biden plans 200 million COVID vaccinations in 100 days Photo taken in Arlington, Virginia, the United States, on March 25, 2021 shows a screen displaying U.S. President Joe Biden speaking during a press conference in Washington, D.C., in a live stream provided by Fox News. Biden held on Thursday his first formal press conference since taking office Source: Xinhua

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Xinhua) — US President Joe Biden announced on Thursday a new goal of administering 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Americans in his first 100 days in office.

Biden made the announcement at his first press conference since taking office.

Biden had initially set the plan of having 100 million shots in the arms of Americans by his 100th day in office but is now increasing the objective to 200 million.

“I know it is ambitious — twice our original goal,” Biden said. “I believe we can do it.”

As of Thursday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that a total of about 133 million COVID-19 vaccine shots had been administered, while more than 173 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed across the country.

People visit the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., the United States, on March 25, 2021. U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday a new goal of administering 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Americans in his first 100 days in office.
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There are over 47 million Americans fully vaccinated, which is about 14.3 per cent of the whole population, CDC data show.

Among the fully vaccinated, about 24.5 million people are 65 years or older of age.

The country is administering an average of about 2 million COVID-19 shots a day.

The United States has been ramping up vaccine rollout since last December. There are three COVID-19 vaccines currently authorised for emergency use in the country.

The US Food and Drug Administration authorised the one developed by American drugmaker Pfizer in partnership with German company BioNTech, and another by American drugmaker Moderna, in December last year.

A woman is seen at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., the United States, on March 25, 2021. U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday a new goal of administering 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Americans in his first 100 days in office
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Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved for emergency use on February 27. It is the first single-dose vaccine authorised in the United States.

Biden said earlier this month the United States would have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every adult American by the end of May, which would dramatically accelerate his timeline previously set for the end of July.

Biden said he would direct all states, tribes, and territories to make all adult Americans eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by May 1.

With inputs from Xinhua