Biden more bullish on vaccines, suggests 1.5M shots per day

President Joe Biden on Monday appeared to boost his goal for coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, suggesting that the nation could soon be vaccinating 1.5 million Americans on average per day. (Jan. 25)

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- In three weeks or so, we'll be at the point where there are a million vaccines per day. But it seems like--

JOE BIDEN: No, I think we'll get there before that. I said-- I hope-- I misspoke. I hope we'll be able to increase as we go along till we get to the 1.5 million a day. That's my hope.

Well, I'm going to shut down the virus, but not-- I never said I'd do it in two months. I said it took a long time to get here. It's going to take a long time to beat it.

And so we have millions of people out there who are-- who have the virus. We're just, for the first day, I think-- correct me if I'm wrong. I've been doing other things this morning, speaking with foreign leaders. But one of the things-- I think this is one of the first days that the numbers actually come down, the number of deaths and the number on a daily basis and the number of hospitalizations, et cetera.

It's going to take time. It's going to take a heck of a lot of time. And we still have, as Dr. Fauci constantly points out-- it's one thing when we have mass-- how can I say it politely-- mass disregard of the warnings about not wearing mask and wearing masks and social distancing and failure to social distance and people getting together on holidays in ways that weren't recommended, et cetera.

We see-- first thing that happens is we see the number of infections go up. And you see the hospitalizations go up. Then you see the deaths go up. And so we're in this for a while.

I mean, we're-- what are we now, at about 410,000 deaths? And there's going to be more. The prediction, as I said from the very beginning of getting here, as-- after being sworn in was the prediction is where we're going to see somewhere between a total of 600,000 and 660,000 deaths before we begin to turn the corner in a major way.