US Will Have Given 100 Million Vaccine Doses By Friday, President Biden Says


Anders Hagstrom White House Correspondent
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The U.S. will have administered 100 million coronavirus vaccine doses to Americans by Friday, President Joe Biden announced Thursday.

The milestone came far sooner than Biden’s goal before coming to office, when he said his administration would vaccinate 100 million in his first 100 days in office. As the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both require two doses to fully vaccinate a person, the mark shows roughly 50 million Americans are vaccinated. The newer Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine requires only one dose, however.

“I’m proud to announce that tomorrow, 58 days into our administration, we will have met my goal of administering 100 million shots to our fellow Americans,” Biden said. “That’s weeks ahead of schedule.”

Biden also reiterated his administration’s projection that the U.S. will have enough supply to vaccinate all Americans by the end of May. He said the U.S. must reach herd immunity before returning fully to normal life. Dr. Anthony Fauci has said the herd immunity for COVID-19 requires between 70-85 percent of the population to be vaccinated. (RELATED: Biden Admin To Send 2.5 Million Doses Of AstraZeneca Vaccine To Mexico, Canada)

Fauci told reporters earlier in March that he expects the U.S. will reach herd immunity by late summer or early fall 2021.

The Biden administration will announce its new goal for vaccinations next week, Biden said.