Biden says US is securing 600 million vaccine doses by July

Biden says US is securing 600 million vaccine doses by July
President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: On Thursday, President Joe Biden said that the United States will have enough supply of the coronavirus vaccine doses by the end of the summer to inoculate 300 million Americans.

President Biden made the announcement at the sprawling National Institutes of Health complex just outside Washington as he visited some of the country’s leading scientists on the frontlines of the fight against the disease. Mr Biden toured the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory that created the Covid-19 vaccine now manufactured by Moderna and being rolled out in the US and other countries.

The US is on pace to exceed president Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office, with more than 26 million shots delivered in his first three weeks.

Biden said: “That’s just the floor. Our end goal is beating COVID-19.”

Biden announced on Thursday that the US had secured contractual commitments from Pfizer and Moderna to deliver the 600 million doses of vaccine by the end of July — more than a month earlier than initially anticipated.

He announced: “We’re now on track to have enough supply for 300 million Americans by the end of July.”

The pace of injections could increase further if a third Covid-19 vaccine from drugmaker Johnson & Johnson receives approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

Speaking with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious-disease specialist, Mr Biden emphasized that his administration is doing everything possible to increase the vaccine supply and the country’s capacity to deliver injections into arms.

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