The American president -elect, Joe Biden has said his administration could meet his goal of administering 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office.
While he described the pace of vaccination as ‘dismal failure so far’, Biden had on Friday outlined a plan to create more vaccination sites and take measures to increase the supply and distribution of the vaccines.
His plan, according to CNN, includes mobilising more personnel to support the vaccination effort, launching a public education campaign to address those hesitant to take the vaccine and focuses on ensuring equitable access to the vaccine across the country.
“Our plan is as clear as it is bold: Get more people vaccinated for free. Create more places for them to get vaccinated. Mobilise more medical teams to get the shots in people’s arms. Increase supply and get it out the door as soon as possible,” Biden said during an event in Wilmington, Delaware.
Biden described the vaccine rollout in the United States under President Donald Trump as a “dismal failure thus far.”
“If you were to ask most people today, they couldn’t tell you who exactly is getting vaccinated. What they do know is there are tens of millions of doses of vaccine sitting unused in freezers around the country, while people who want and need the vaccine can’t get it,” Biden said.
The President-elect continued: “We’ll fix the problem by encouraging states to allow more people to get vaccinated beyond health care workers and move through those groups as quickly as they think we can.”
Biden cautioned that “things will get worse before they get better,” and said that any policy changes implemented by his administration “are going to take time to show up in the Covid statistics.”
But the President-elect said he was “convinced” that his administration could meet his goal of administering 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office.
“This is a time to set big goals to pursue them with courage and conviction, because the health of the nation is literally at stake,” Biden said.
More than 390,600 Americans have died from the virus as of Friday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
On Friday, the CDC reported 31 million doses of vaccine have been distributed and 12 million doses have been given to people.
The President-elect has received both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, and was administered both shots live on camera while reassuring the American public of its safety. He received the second dose earlier this week.
The Vice- President-elect Kamala Harris has received the first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, and also did so on camera.