- The delivery dates of the extra 200 million vaccines will be earlier than expected, moving to the end of July
- In January, COVID-19 cases in the US reached 20 million, and have increased by 6 million ever since
U.S .President Joe Biden has recently signed the final contract for an additional 100 million Pfizer and 100 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. In his address to the National Institutes of Health, President Biden said that the delivery dates of additional 200 million vaccines will be moved to the end of July, which is earlier than expected.
He added that both the companies have agreed on the same and are contractually obligated to accelerate delivery of 100 million doses by the end of May. President Biden also informed that the US is in line to have a vaccine supply for 300 million U.S. citizens by July end.
Commenting on former President Donald Trump, President Biden said that his predecessor failed to do his job well in preparing for the massive challenge of inoculating millions of Americans with the vaccine. Lack of enough vaccine orders, unavailability of people to administer the jabs and shortage of federal vaccine centers were some areas his predecessor failed to focus on, said the President.
According to reports, the US is one of the worst hit nations by the pandemic, accounting for the world’s most deaths and cases, making up over 25% of the worldwide caseload and nearly 20% of the global death toll.
In January, COVID-19 cases in the US reached 20 million, and ever since have increased by 6 million. A latest report by the Johns Hopkins University states that the US has recorded a total of 475,040 deaths and 27,382,857 infections.