Washington D.C.: In a major ramp-up to the various vaccination programs in the US, US president Biden has vowed to inoculate 300 million people in the US by the end of summer or early fall.
“This will be enough vaccine to fully vaccinate 300m Americans by the end of the summer,” the US President said on Tuesday afternoon, later adding “end of summer, beginning of the fall”, in a briefing at the White House.
The new administration will increase vaccine supplies to states, exercise an option to buy a total of 200m more vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna, and will give states more lead time on the amount of vaccine it will deliver.
The administration’s immediate plan is to accelerate vaccine distribution to deliver roughly 1.4m shots a day and 10m doses a week for the next three weeks, as part of the White House’s earlier-stated ambition to vaccinate 100 million people in 100 days.
“This will be one of the most difficult operational challenges we’ve ever undertaken,” said Joe Biden on Tuesday, announcing the plans. But, he added, “Help is on the way”.
He indicated that the vaccination program he inherited from the Trump administration was not in adequate order.