White House plans to distribute 200 million doses of vaccines in U.S. in first 100 days of Biden presidency
The United States government will distribute 11 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19 next week, Reuters reported on Friday, citing Jeff Zients, White House coordinator for pandemic coronavirus control.
Speaking at a White House press briefing, Zients stressed that the Biden administration continues to ramp up vaccine production to achieve the goal set by the president the day before. Biden pledged that 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines would be delivered to the United States in the first 100 days of his presidency.
Zients added that the U.S. expects to do everything possible to ensure that every American adult will be able to get the vaccine by May 1. He said vaccine manufacturers Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc and J&J expect to meet their goal of delivering 240 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the first quarter of 2021, despite delays in some deliveries in March.
Rochelle Walenski, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who also spoke at the briefing, once again voiced concern about the trajectory of the number of coronavirus infections in the United States. According to Walenski, there are now an average of 57,000 COVID-19 infections every day in the United States. The number of infections has increased by 7 percent in the past week.