President Joe Biden said Thursday that the U.S. will have enough supply of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the summer to inoculate 300 million Americans. (Feb. 11)
JOE BIDEN: Just this afternoon, we signed the final contracts for 100 million more Moderna and 100 million more Pfizer vaccines. 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. And in further good news, both companies agreed and are now contractually obligated to expedite delivery of 100 million doses that were promised by the end of June, to deliver them by the end of May.
That means we're now on track to have enough supply for 300 million Americans by the end of July. It may not sound like the urgent progress we need, but let's be clear. When I took office just three weeks ago, this country did not have a plan or enough vaccines or people to vaccinate Americans-- any at all-- Americans anytime at any point in 2021.
All told, we're on track to surpass the goal I set on day one. When I was sworn in, I indicated-- just before I was sworn in, I indicated that my hope was to administer 100 million shots in the first 100 days of our term. I believe we'll not only reach that, but we'll break that. Like I said before, that's just the floor. That's just the floor. Our end goal is beating COVID-19.
The new strains emerging create immense challenges, and masking is still the easiest thing to do to save lives. We need everyone to mask up. And by the way, I know it's a pain in the neck. But it's a patriotic responsibility.
We're in the middle of a war with this virus. It's a patriotic responsibility, not only if you care about your family, if you care about your fellow Americans.