Biden hails 50 million vaccine doses since he took office

Biden hails 50 million vaccine doses since he took office
Biden with Victoria Legerwood Rivera, who received her vaccine shot at at event to mark 50m doses. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: President Joe Biden says 50 million effort in 37 days is ‘weeks ahead of schedule’ and ‘the more people get vaccinated, the faster we will beat this’

On Thursday, the US president said that 50 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered across the US since he took the White House last month, outpacing his administration’s goal to distribute 100m shots in his first 100 days in office.

The moment came days after the country reached the devastating milestone of 500,000 coronavirus deaths – far more than any other country in the world.

Joe Biden said at a White House ceremony: “The more people get vaccinated, the faster we’re going to beat this pandemic,” noting that his administration is on course to exceed his promise to deliver 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office.

“We’re halfway there: 50 million shots in 37 days. That’s weeks ahead of schedule,” he said.

The White House has been providing regular updates on its efforts to distribute coronavirus vaccines to states.

Earlier this week, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus response team Jeff Zients said earlier this week that the administration distributed an average of 1.4m doses a day last week.

That number was slightly down from the 1.7 million average doses a day distributed the week before, likely due to the severe winter storm that affected deliveries in the central US last week.

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