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President Joe Biden said he expected the United States to soon be able to vaccinate 1.5 million people a day after critics said his initial goal was not bold enough.
The new president announced last week that 1 million vaccines would be given daily in the first 100 days of his presidency.
However, some media outlets note that the United States has almost reached that goal under the Trump administration.
President Biden also renewed Covid’s bans from the Trump era on Jan. 25, adding South Africa.
For the first time formally asking reporters questions during his presidency, President Biden said on January 25 that he hoped they would be able to receive 1.5 million vaccinations a day.
He said: “I think that by God’s grace … we can reach 1.5 million a day.”
Add: “I hope we can increase as we continue, so that we reach 1.5 million. This is my hope. “
Joe Biden prescribed 100M Covid vaccinations for the first 100 days
Some media have questioned whether President Biden’s target of one million shots a day is ambitious enough.
Last week, at the end of the Trump administration, the United States had already reached an average of about 980,000 doses of vaccine given daily.
On January 25, the Biden administration renewed bans on Trump-era Covid-19 travel for visitors outside Brazil and much of Europe, including Britain and Ireland.
The White House also imposed a new ban on South Africa because of its viral version.
Former President Donald Trump had ordered bans to end on January 26 as one of his latest actions.
The new travel restrictions came when Minnesota registered the first case in the United States of a variant with Brazil by a resident who had recently traveled to that country.
The unnamed patient lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, the department said.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki reaffirmed the decision to extend restrictions on foreign travelers on January 25.
All international passengers must also submit a negative test within three days of traveling by plane to the United States.
Travel restrictions have been in effect since mid-March.