After still not being close to reaching his goal of 70 percent of Americans getting at least one vaccine shot by the Fourth of July, President Joe Biden on Friday set a new goal- 300 million shots administered in the 150 days since he took office.
Biden told reporters- “I see an important milestone that just didn’t happen on its own or by chance. It took the ingenuity of American scientists, full capacity of American companies and whole government response across federal, state, tribal and local governments.
This is an accomplishment that had been set in motion long before Biden became president. The nation’s vaccination program, set up under Trump’s administration, was always set to expand supply throughout the year, moving beyond health care workers and the elderly, and reaching the general public in large numbers in spring.
In the final few days of Trump’s administration, officials had reported that around 1 million doses were being injected per day- roughly the same number being administered in the current time.
The administration of 300 million shots in 150 days was still carried out without any major obstacles and with a focus on the larger equity. In what the president called a “wartime response,” the Biden administration created federally run vaccination centres and mobile vans in communities that ensured rural and poor areas were not secluded.
On Friday, Biden said that they turned it around by acting in a swift manner, aggressively and equitably.
The president has previously announced his goal of fully vaccinating 160 million adults and ensuring that 70 percent of adults get at least the first dose of vaccine by the Fourth of July.
According to the latest data by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 143 million adults have been fully vaccinated and 65.1 percent have received their first shot. Biden is set to keep his focus on July 4 intact.
He said that on July of Fourth, they were going to celebrate their independence from the deadly virus and as they were going to do that, they wanted everyone to be able to celebrate with them.
There have been warnings from the state governors to the White House about the dropping demand for initial vaccine shots and significant portions of their supply at risk of expiring this summer.
In an attempt to keep the whole focus on eradicating the pandemic, Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday visited a pop-up vaccination camp at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
“Please help us get the word out,” she told a small crowd there. “You love President Biden, you love me, you love yourself, you love your family, you love your community – help us get the word out.”
As far as there have been reports, the biggest impediments in the smooth vaccine rollouts have largely been out of Biden’s control.