According to the US president, currently, 65% of people in the country aged 65 years or older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The promise of US leader Joe Biden to introduce 100 million doses of the new coronavirus vaccine in the country in the first 100 days of his presidency will be fulfilled six weeks earlier than planned. This was stated on Thursday by the head of state himself, speaking at the White House.
“Tomorrow [Friday will be] 58 days of our administration, and we will reach my goal of introducing 100 million doses [of the vaccine]. This is several weeks ahead of schedule,” the President said. “Next week, I will announce our new goal related to vaccination.”
“To date, 65% of people [in the US] aged 65 or older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. These milestones are significant achievements. Still, we have much more to do,” Biden added. He explained that “speed and efficiency must be combined with fairness and equity” in the vaccination of the American population. “Scientists have made it clear that with the spread of new strains of this virus, the situation may worsen,” the US president added, urging Americans to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
At the same time, he stressed that “the United States is on track to have enough coronavirus vaccine for every adult American by the end of May.” According to him, the country must develop collective immunity before Americans can stop wearing masks.
According to the US Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 115.7 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the country so far. By the day of Biden’s inauguration (January 20), this figure was 16.5 million.