President Joe Biden Says There Will Be Enough Vaccines for Every American by the End of May
Kamala Harris said in an interview with the Today show on Feb. 17 they would have enough supply by July.
The new date accelerates the process by two months.
“And I’m pleased to announce today, as a consequence of the stepped-up process that I’ve ordered and just outlined, this country will have enough vaccine supply — I’ll say it again — for every adult in America by the end of May,” President Biden said. “By the end of May. That’s progress — important progress.”
President Biden also said he wants every state to prioritize vaccinating teachers, so both teachers and students can return to in-person classes.
The new vaccine that is expected by May 31 does not mean that every American will receive vaccinations by then, but that the supply will be ready for distribution.
“So as yet another move to help accelerate the safe reopening of our schools, let’s treat in-person learning like an essential service that it is,” President Biden said.
“And that means getting essential workers who provide that service — educators, school staff, childcare workers — get them vaccinated immediately. They’re essential workers.”
He wants to reach a goal of getting every teacher in the U.S. vaccinated by the end of March to ensure it is safe to reopen schools.
The supply includes a newly developed vaccine by Johnson & Johnson that Merck, an American pharmaceutical company, manufactures.
This partnership is accelerating the vaccine distribution process.
President Biden said the White House is actively using the Defense Production Act to equip two Merck facilities to operate efficiently in safely manufacturing the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
This partnership is similar to the one used during World War II.
President Biden shared that they are increasing the number of vaccination sites and have sent millions of vaccines to over 7,000 pharmacies to make vaccines more accessible.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we cannot let our guard down now or assure that victory is inevitable,” Biden said.
“We can’t assume that. We must remain vigilant, act fast and aggressively, and look out for one another.”