Biden says administration will meet goal of 100 million vaccinations Friday

Daniel Fowler
March 19, 2021

In an update provided Thursday, Biden said that while the number is encouraging, the country still has much work to do before it can declare victory against the virus.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is not yet approved for use in the U.S. The EU's top medical agency on Thursday stood by its safety record and said that a small handful of cases of unusual blood clotting among the 17 million doses administered were not linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The president said he will announce a new goal for the remainder of his first 100 days in office next week, and urged Americans to stay engaged in mitigation efforts against the virus, even as the country ramps up vaccinations. "While millions of people are vaccinated, we need millions more to be vaccinated".

The White House said just seven million of the AstraZeneca doses are ready for shipment.

Biden has said that there will be enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May. While details are still being worked out, Psaki said that the USA plans to send 2.5 million doses of vaccine to Mexico and 1.5 million doses to Canada as a "loan". "Over the next 10 days, we will reach two giant goals: One hundred million shots in people's arms and 100 million checks in people's pockets".

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The EU reached an initial deal with the vaccine producer in November 2020 for 300 million doses. This pales in comparison to the UK's rate standing at 39.04 and the US's on 33.11.

During the interview with Fox News, Trump also slammed President Joe Biden on several issues including the border crisis and the hike in gas prices. Still, it was generally seen within reach, if optimistic.

According to data collected by the CDC, approximately 115 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the first COVID-19 vaccines were authorized by the FDA in December 2020. Vaccination trend lines point to Biden breaking the 100 million mark on Thursday, with the numbers likely to be confirmed by the CDC over the weekend.

The president has moved to speed up deliveries of vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, as well as to expand the number of places to get shots and people who can administer them, with a focus on increasing the nation's capacity to inject doses as supply constraints lift.

The president said it's not a time for Americans to let their guard down regarding the virus.

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