U.S. President Joe Biden says he will meet his goal of providing 100 million COVID-19 vaccines during his first 100 days in office by Friday, today, which is a major victory for his presidency.
The push to get “gun shots” has exceeded all expectations, with the target reached only 58 days after his inauguration – more than a month in advance.
About 2.5 million Americans are now vaccinated every day, on average, according to federal data.
President Biden gave an update on the nation’s immunization schedule from the White House and said now is the time for “optimism” but not for “relaxation”.
He also called on the American public to continue to do their part to beat the virus by sticking to health measures, such as social distancing, wearing masks and washing their hands.
If the country continues on this path, he added, the relatively normal July 4 celebrations are within reach, with the immunization schedule well ahead of schedule.
The address is part of a public relations blitz organized by the White House to show that Mr. Biden’s administration will bring the coronavirus under control through the application of “science and good management”.
And if the pace of vaccine deployment continues at the current rate, up to 200 million Americans could be vaccinated by his 100th day in office – supply and delivery issues do not disrupt that trajectory.
The president is confident and said that with the United States on a “war footing” when it comes to vaccine production, there will be enough supplies for every adult by the end of May.
It’s a significant boost for the Biden administration, which has promised the fight against the coronavirus will be a key strategic goal during his presidency.
Biden’s team is promoting its $ 1.9 billion pandemic relief package, which has also proven popular with voters and all parties.
And the administration believes that by setting goals and achieving them, they can build confidence in their handling of the pandemic.
It is a stark contrast in style to that of Donald Trump who said in May of last year: “We have met the moment and we have triumphed” as deaths from the disease soared.