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The Biden administration is buying 200 million doses of the one-shot vaccine from Johnson and Johnson, meaning the U.S. could have a vaccine surplus by the end of the year. Nancy Cordes has the latest.
NORAH O'DONNELL: Let's get more now on the new White House deal to buy more doses of Johnson and Johnson's vaccine. By the end of the year, the US could have more doses that it needs. CBS's Nancy Cordes reports tonight from the White House.
NANCY CORDES: The president's announcement comes just 11 days after the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was approved for use. He is doubling the US order from 100 million doses to 200 million.
JOE BIDEN: I'm doing this because in the wartime efforts we need maximum flexibility. There's always a chance that we'll encounter unexpected challenges.
NANCY CORDES: Today's news means the US should have enough doses of all three approved vaccines to inoculate 500 million people by the end of the year. That's more than the entire US population.
- Mr. President, what do you plan to do with the surplus?
JOE BIDEN: If we have a surplus, we're going to share it with the rest of the world. We're not going to be ultimately safe until the world is safe. And so we're going to start off making sure Americans are taken care of first, but we're then going to try to help the rest of the world.
NANCY CORDES: Mr. Biden was flanked by the CEOs of Johnson and Johnson and Merck, which has agreed to help produce its rival's vaccine because J&J is currently behind schedule, releasing nearly four million doses the first week, but less than 400,000 the next.
Wisconsin teacher Catherine Patton got one of them.
CATHERINE PATTON: I'm excited I got the Johnson and Johnson, which is just one and done. So, that's great.
NANCY CORDES: Encouraging new numbers released by the CDC show that nearly one in four US adults have now received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.
President Biden's original goal was to get 100 million doses into arms in his first 100 days, but the US is now poised to reach that milestone in about half the time. So he'll lay out some new goals in his first primetime address as president tomorrow night. Norah?
NORAH O'DONNELL: Nancy Cordes, thank you.