Biden: 200 Million Vaccines in First 100 Days
The president updated his goal during his press conference this afternoon.
President Joe Biden announced during his White House press conference today that his goal was to have 200 million vaccines administered by his first 100 days of office.
"I know it's ambitious, twice our original goal,” Biden told those assembled.”But no other country in the world has even come close, not even close to what we are doing. I believe we can do it."
His original goal was 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days of his administration, but he met that goal within the first 60 days of his taking office.
With the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen vaccines authorized and potentially 2 more with the additions of AstraZeneca and Novavax looking at potential Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA), there could be as many as 5 companies with the ability to vaccinate Americans within the next several weeks. Both AstraZeneca and Novavax reported results from their respective phase 3 trials, and the former is planning on file its EUA according to a statement the company made late yesterday.
In addition, the US federal government has ramped up vaccine contracts with AstraZeneca and other companies to secure millions more of the vaccines.