Danielle ZoellnerThu, 25 March 2021, 3:59 pm
President Joe Biden has planned to announce a new goal of administering 200 million Covid-19 vaccines within his first 100 days of office on Thursday, a White House official told NBC News.
Upon entering office on 20 January, Mr Biden set the goal of administering at least 100 million vaccines within his first 100 days of office. His administration easily hit this goal last Friday after Mr Biden’s 58th day in office.
Mr Biden was set to discuss the new vaccine goal on Thursday during his first official press conference as president.
The United States was administering about 800,000 vaccines per day when Mr Biden took office, which was slower than anticipated based on promises former President Donald Trump made to the public about how swiftly people would receive a jab.
Mr Biden put resources behind ramping up the manufacturing, distribution, and administering of vaccines through purchasing more jabs from Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson – which have all received emergency use authorisation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their vaccines – and by assisting states with more vaccination sites and vaccinators.