President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that Washington will have enough coronavirus vaccines for every adult in the country by the end of May. The development comes after the US ramped up its production of the third coronavirus shot.
While talking at the press conference held at the White House, President Biden said that he had invoked a wartime production act to require Merck & Co to help speed up the production of the vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson. The US already has agreements with Pfizer and Moderna to deliver more than 300 million shots – enough to vaccinate the adult Americans by the end of July.
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Although American remains the worst-affect country by the pandemic in terms of total infections and fatalities, the mortalities and new cases have significantly decreased in recent weeks amidst a governmental push to inoculate more Americans and put tough health restrictions in place. According to the data compiled by John Hopkins University, the health officials in American have recorded more than 28.7 million infections with nearly 516,000 deaths.
Biden told the news reporters that despite the significant decrease in hospitalizations and infections, the country’s war against respiratory disease was far from over yet. He further added that the wartime production law has enabled private pharmaceutical companies to work together, with logistical support from the US Defense Department.
During his Tuesday news conference, Biden stated that he directed the state authorities to prioritize the inoculation of child health workers and educators to help get daycare centers and schools reopened. Biden had promised to administer more than 100 million vaccines in his first hundred days in office.
Since the US vaccination drive began last year, the health officials have distributed nearly 102 million shots, while a total of 78.6 million had been administered. Besides that, he also urged the Congressional leaders to pass his proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package that aims to boost the American economy hit by the pandemic outbreak.
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