Biden set the 100 million dose target in December just before the US approved two vaccines for Covid-19. A delayed vaccine rollout in the Trump administration’s final weeks initially seemed to jeopardize Biden’s goal, but when Biden took office the country was administering nearly 1 million shots a day – raising questions about whether the new administration’s goal was ambitious enough .
Biden was cautious about making the pandemic response too promising, but given the growing confidence in vaccination efforts, he directed states last week to open vaccination ratings to all adults by May. State officials are optimistic they can hit this mark, and some have started or promised to expand eligibility by then.
About 113 million doses have been given since vaccinations began three months ago, including just over 16 million given during the Trump administration. About 29 percent of all adults have received at least one dose, according to the CDC, including two-thirds of those over 65.
The federal government has ordered approximately 800 million cans split between Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. There are enough doses available to vaccinate any American adult expected by the end of May. However, it will take more time to deliver these vaccinations as the Biden government pledges more resources to dispel the shots.
Biden said in a prime-time address last week that the country could return to a sense of normalcy by July 4th if Americans continue to be vaccinated and continue to practice public health measures such as social distancing and masking. But he warned that if Americans lose their vigilance, progress could be little.
In the United States, new cases, hospitalizations and deaths have declined since the devastating winter flood. Health officials are concerned that the pace of new infections has increased to nearly 55,000 cases per day, even as many states – including some that were more cautious during the pandemic – lift restrictions.
Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said in an interview with NBC News Thursday morning that the current daily number of new infections was “far too high to explain victory” and warned that the US could see another surge once the states begin To lift the restrictions before a A significant portion of the population is vaccinated.
“It really is going to be a race between the vaccine and the possible surge,” he said.