February 1, 2023

President Biden gives update on 100 million shot goal

President Joe Biden participates in a phone interview with Univision Friday
President Joe Biden participates in a phone interview with Univision Friday

President Biden on Thursday gave an update on his administration’s goal to administer 100 million shots within the first 100 days of his precedency. President Biden began by acknowledging the logical difficulties associated with vaccination. “It won’t be easy,” said Biden quoting reporting from when the plan was first announced. Tomorrow, just 58 days into his term, the goal of 100 million shots in arms will be reached.

“When I took office, when we took office, there was a lot that had to be done. We needed more vaccines, more vaccinators, more places for people to get vaccinated. And we needed a whole-of-government approach.”

The president praised the work done across government agencies in coordinating the effort. The Federal Pharmacy Act, FEMA, the Department of Health and Human Services have assisted in blasting past the original goal. An updated goal is expected to be announced soon.

Despite the progress in vaccinations, cases remain high as some states begin lifting restrictions. The president called on all Americans to keep doing their part. He specifically recommended, “Wash your hands, stay socially distanced, keep masking up as recommended by the CDC, and get vaccinated when its your turn.”

Public health experts worry that the better numbers are not necessarily enthusiastic. Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently told CNN, “ I think what’s going to happen is you’re going to see that as we enter the summer months, numbers are going to go down, people will think great, we’re good.” He warns that this might not necessarily be the case. “If we don’t get to what I think is going to be at least 80% population immunity from natural infection of immunization, when the winter comes, you’re going to see a surge again.”

Although vigilance is still necessary and challenges are ahead, the milestone comes with a light at the end of the tunnel. The vaccine is bringing hope. President Biden described a tour with Vice-President Harris of a vaccination facility in Arizona. Upon asking the nurse who administering the vaccine felt, responded that, “Each shot was like administering a dose of hope.” The president is hopeful Americans will get to celebrate the Fourth of July without the current restrictions.

“Keep the faith. Keep wearing the mask, keep washing your hands, and keep socially distanced. We’re going to beat this. We’re way ahead of schedule, but we’ve got a long way to go.”

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