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Biden administration secures 200 million additional vaccine doses

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President Biden announced his administration has secured another 200 million vaccine doses as the country continues to be hit hard by the pandemic and vaccination sites are running low on supply. Weijia Jiang has the latest.

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NORAH O'DONNELL: And tonight, President Biden took a swipe at his predecessor, saying he did not do his job in getting Americans vaccinated against COVID. But the president vowed to make up for it with a big purchase. We get more now from CBS's Weijia Jiang at the White House.

WEIJIA JIANG: Today, while touring the very labs where the Moderna vaccine was developed at the National Institutes of Health, President Biden stressed the need to boost vaccine supply.

JOE BIDEN: It's really turned out to be a gigantic logistical issue for us.

WEIJIA JIANG: He announced the US just signed contracts for 100 million more doses each of THE Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

JOE BIDEN: We were also able to move up the delivery dates with an additional 200 million vaccines to the end of July, faster than we expected.

WEIJIA JIANG: The order will increase the amount of doses in the US by 50%, to a total of 600 million, enough for 300 million people. The president has vowed that his team would administer 100 million doses during his first 100 days in office, but many states have failed to meet the growing demand.

JOE BIDEN: My predecessor, to be very blunt about it, did not do his job.

WEIJIA JIANG: President Biden also talked about COVID-19 on Wednesday night during a two-hour-long phone call with the president of China, Xi Jinping, their first conversation since inauguration. Last week, Mr. Biden told Norah the call would be robust.

NORAH O'DONNELL: There's a lot to talk about.

JOE BIDEN: A lot to talk about, a whole lot to talk about. I've said to him all along that we need not have a conflict, but there's going to be extreme competition.

WEIJIA JIANG: Today, President Biden said he has watched some coverage of his predecessor's second impeachment trial, and that he thought it may change some senators' minds about whether to convict Mr. Trump. The president himself has not said whether he thinks they should or not. Norah?

WEIJIA JIANG: Weijing Jiang, thank you.