President Joe Biden is celebrating the administration of 50 million COVID-19 vaccine doses since he took office. Biden also noted his administration is on course to exceed his pledge to deliver 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office. (Feb. 25)
JOE BIDEN: The more people get vaccinated, the faster we're going to beat this pandemic. That's why one of my first goals in office just before I was sworn in, I indicated that my goal was to get 100 million COVID vaccine shots in people's arms in my first 100 days as president. At first, critics said that goal was too ambitious. No one could do that. Then they said it was too small.
But the bottom line, though, is that America will be the first country, perhaps the only one, to get that done. And today, I'm here to report we're halfway there. 50 million shots in just 37 days since I've become president. That's weeks ahead of schedule.
We're moving in the right direction, though, despite the mess we inherited from the previous administration, which left us with no real plan to vaccinate all Americans. And every time we administer another 50 million shots, I'm going to use that milestone to report to the American people on our vaccination program and on our overall fight against this pandemic.
As a result of these around-the-clock efforts, in five weeks, America has administered the most shots of any country in the world-- any country in the world-- with among the highest percentage of population fully vaccinated. That's progress we promised. And it's also true that while COVID-19 vaccinations are up, COVID cases and hospitalizations are coming down.
But I need to be honest with you. Cases and hospitalizations could go back up with new variants as they emerge. So I want to make something really very clear. This is not a time to relax. We must keep washing our hands, stay socially distanced, and for God's sake-- for God's sake-- wear a mask.
While things are improving and we're going from a mess we inherited to moving in the right direction at a significant speed, this is not a victory lap. Everything is not fixed. We have a long way to go. And that day when everything is back to normal depends on all of us.