Biden’s initial goal of 100 million doses in its first 100 days, set in early December just before vaccines were approved, appeared to be at risk in the first difficult weeks of vaccine adoption. But as the pace of vaccinations picked up, some said it wasn’t ambitious enough given the urgency of the health crisis.
The US currently administers approximately 2.5 million doses per day, with more than 114 million shots fired in the two months since Biden’s inauguration. Apart from unexpected problems with the introduction of the vaccine, the country is well on the way to getting 200 million vaccinations in around five weeks, around Biden’s 100th day in office.
The pace is expected to accelerate in the coming days as Johnson & Johnson speeds up delivery. Due to the expected increase in supply, Biden called on states earlier this month to lift all admission restrictions by May 1, which the majority of states have now committed to.
Standing up for his ability to pull the nation out of the worst pandemic in more than a century, Biden made vaccine distribution the centerpiece of his plan. But even as the vaccination campaign rises, the number of infections has remained stubbornly high. Several states, including Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, are reporting spikes in cases, and the nationwide decline in hospital stays has slowed dramatically in the past two weeks.