Biden again vowed that his government would deliver on its pledge of 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office, although transition advisers increasingly fear that efforts may be neglected, as POLITICO reported earlier Monday.
“My top priority is getting the vaccine into people’s arms as soon as possible and we’re working on this program now,” Biden told reporters after receiving his vaccine.
He added, “It’s going to be difficult. It won’t be easy, but we can do it. “
Biden insisted that he still had full confidence in his Covid team after POLITICO reported that he was frustrated with the progress of his vaccine distribution planning, including reporting to the team that they were underperforming.
Biden’s team inherits a vaccine rollout from the Trump administration that has got off to a sluggish start. Operation Warp Speed, the government’s vaccine accelerator, had originally estimated that 20 million shots would be fired by the end of December. Instead, only about 2.6 million Americans were vaccinated last month, and nearly 9 million shots had been received by this morning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.