US government to surge vaccine supplies to states

President Joe Biden said Tuesday the U.S. is surging COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer or early fall. (Jan. 26)

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- We were on a call today, the Governors Association, with the Biden administration vaccine team. And they told us just a couple hours ago that we could expect a 16% increase in our allotment nationally. That will boil down to about a 16% increase for our state. And that that would be a certain delivery schedule for the next three weeks. So having a 16% increase is really great news. It's also great news that they're giving a certainty of those deliveries. Because our providers have been bedeviled with uncertainty and unpredictability of the delivery schedules.

- If the Biden administration succeeds in 100 million doses in three months, that's roughly one in four Coloradans. One in four Americans translates to one in four Coloradans. That would start having a profound impact on ending the pandemic and then hopefully the following 100 days would be an even greater number than that first 100 million. Just the other day, the Biden administration, the president himself expressed optimism that by early summer everybody who wants a vaccine will be able to get it. So if that's the case and they certainly have more visibility on supply than us, then the pandemic might end sooner rather than later.