JOE Biden is aiming to get 100million Americans vaccinated in the first 100 days of his presidency, as the CDC warned “super-Covid” may be the dominant strain by March.
The president-elect announced his coronavirus plan in a press conference on Friday afternoon.
Biden announced he hopes to have 100million Covid vaccines out in his first 100 days in officeCredit: AFP or licensors
Nurse Merri Lynn Anderson tends to a Covid patient in St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California on January 7, 2021Credit: AP:Associated Press
CVS Pharmacist Gerard Diebner gives a Covid vaccine to a resident at the Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in New York City on January 15, 2021Credit: AP:Associated Press
He admitted that “things will get worse before they get better,” Voice of America reported.
“And the policy changes we are going to be making, they’re going to take time to show up in the Covid statistics,” Biden added.
Biden said Americans will face “a very dark winter,” but emphasized he’s hopeful that high goals can help ease the clutch Covid has on the nation.
The president-elect admitted ‘things will get worse before they get better’Credit: Reuters
John Kostyo Jr., administers a COVID-19 vaccination at Tequestra Fire Department in Florida on January 15, 2021Credit: AP:Associated Press
Biden said: ‘The vaccine rollout in the United States has been a dismal failure so farCredit: Reuters
Nurse Kevin Salgado administers the Covid-19 vaccine to Arline Allman at Corona High School in California on FridayCredit: AFP or licensors
“Truthfully, we remain in a very dark winter,” Biden warned.
“Infection rates are up to 34percent. More people are being hospitalized because of COVID than ever before.
“We’re up to between 3 and 4,000 deaths per day,” he added.
Biden continued: “I’m convinced we can get it done and this is a time to set big goals, to pursue them with courage and conviction because the health of the nation is literally at stake.”
If necessary, his team said they’ll invoke the Defense Production Act to ramp up vaccine supply, The New York Times reported.
Vaccine supplies have been short as Covid cases continue to climb.
Health officials have been forced to choose who is highest priority to receive jabs in early months.
As of January 15, only two companies – Pfizer and Moderna – have been approved for emergency use authorization of their Covid-19 vaccine in the US.
Biden’s plan came as the CDC warned in a new study that an infectious “super Covid” may be the dominant strain in coming months.
Biden’s plan came as the CDC warned ‘super Covid’ may be the dominant strain in the US by MarchCredit: AP:Associated Press
Only two companies – Pfizer and Moderna – have been authorized for emergency use of their Covid-19 vaccines in the USCredit: AP:Associated Press
Known as “B.1.1.7,” the CDC said the strain “has the potential to increase the U.S. pandemic trajectory in the coming months,” according to models.
“Multiple lines of evidence indicate that B.1.1.7 is more efficiently transmitted than are other SARS-CoV-2 variants,” the CDC said in the report.
“The modeled trajectory of this variant in the U.S. exhibits rapid growth in early 2021, becoming the predominant variant in March.”
On Friday, global deaths surpassed 2million in just over a year since the pandemic gained a foothold.
Biden also took a shot at Republicans who were seen without masks during the US Capitol insurrectionCredit: AP:Associated Press
“What the hell is the matter with it’s time to grow up… For god’s sake, wear a mask,” Biden said.
“If not for yourself, for your loved ones, for your country,” he seethed.