President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has delivered 50 million vaccine doses in 37 days, putting him in a position to surpass the 100 million doses he promised for the first 100 days of his administration.
Despite setbacks and shortages, nearly 60 percent of people over the age of 75 have now received at least one shot of the Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines in the first six weeks of his administration, which started on January 20.
“Maybe as late as April or May, where many predict that instead of long lines of people waiting to get a shot, we’ll face a very different scenario,” President Biden said during White House remarks Thursday morning to mark the first 50 million shots delivered by his administration.
Last week, the president visited the Pfizer facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and assured the country that regulations were strict and experts were confident about the efficacy of the vaccine. Mr. Biden also encouraged Americans to trust the FDA’s approval processes.
Biden plans to increase supply and distribution resources exponentially. As soon as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is approved, more people could get vaccinated.
President Biden also acknowledged that rural communities and communities of color have been disproportionately affected by the virus and need special attention.
“For people who don’t live near a vaccination center or a pharmacy, we’re deploying mobile units…We’ve also started to send vaccines directly to community health centers to help the hard-to-reach folks in cities and small towns, in rural communities; in black, Latino, Native American communities that have higher rates of COVID infections and deaths,” the president said.
He is hoping that his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan will pass this week in Congress to provide disaster relief to the American people and stabilize the economy.