Biden said he was optimistic that the vaccine would be readily available to those who wanted it sometime in the spring.
“We are trying to get at least 100 million vaccinations in 100 days and move in the direction we are far above in the next 100 days so that we can reach the point where we reach the herd immunity country with over 300 million people.” , he said.
Biden nominee General Surgeon Vivek Murty also said Sunday that the administration has begun looking beyond its original target of 100 million vaccinations.
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By the end of former President Donald Trump’s time, the scale of the country was hovering around that million shots a day, although states and local officials they worried that supply was showing signs of instability, which could prevent them from meeting demand as they began to expand eligibility to tens of millions of people.
Some of Biden’s top health advisers have expressed similar supply concerns as they wrap their heads around the administration’s first major test and periodically invade their predecessors over the precarious state of deployment the president has taken on.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that the situation was “much worse than we could have imagined.”
Biden-elected director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Valensky, told Fox News Sunday that delivery was “the most restrictive” at the moment, but hoped it would be resolved by the end of this year. .
The focus on vaccination efforts has intensified as at least two variants of the virus have begun to raise fears among medical experts. A strain identified in the United Kingdom appears to be more portable – and potentially more deadly, Anthony Fauci, the best infectious disease expert in the United States, said Monday – while a strain of the virus found in South Africa showed resistance to antibody treatment.
Biden has increased travel restrictions, including a travel ban by most citizens outside the United States South Africa and several other countries, in an attempt to retain coronavirus variants.