Joe Biden has vowed 100 million Covid-19 vaccinations in his first 100 days in office.
The president-elect said his first months in office would not end the outbreak and gave little details about the deployment plan, but said he would change course for Covid-19.
Introducing his health team to his inauguration on Jan. 20, Joe Biden called on Americans to “disguise themselves for 100 days.”
On December 8, a report paved the way for the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, which must be approved and released to Americans.
An emergency permit for its use could be issued by the FDA on December 10, with the country’s best infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying that mass vaccination could begin immediately next week.
Also on December 8, President Donald Trump attended a White House summit on his Covid-19 vaccination program, Operation Warp Speed, and welcomed the expected approval of the vaccines. His administration hopes to vaccinate up to 24 million people by mid-January.
According to research by Johns Hopkins University, the United States has registered more than 15 million cases so far and 285,000 deaths, both global highs.
Many parts of the United States are experiencing peak infections with a record number of people in hospital, with some experts blaming the travel of millions during the recent Thanksgiving holiday.
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At a press conference in Delaware on December 8, Joe Biden outlined how he plans to deal with the pandemic in his first 100 days in office. This period is traditionally seen as a benchmark for new presidents to imprint themselves with new policies and ideas.
He promised to receive “at least 100 million Covid vaccines in the hands of the American people.”
Last week, Joe Biden complained that he had not received distribution plans from the Trump administration. Warp Speed’s best scientist Moncef Slavey is yet to meet with Biden’s team and is expected to do so this week.
Returning children to school would also be a priority, he said.
Joe Biden also introduced California Attorney General Xavier Betsera as a nominee for health secretary and his election of Rochelle Valensky as head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Among his other assistants will be Dr. Anthony Fauci as Covid’s chief medical adviser. The expert also advises Trump’s team and often falls for the president because of his views.
Getting 100 million vaccines for Americans in just over three months is not expected to be easy. The large geographical size of the United States and the logistics of introducing a new vaccine can create challenges in achieving the goal.