President Joseph Biden. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
By Bless Bull / March 2, 2021
Tuesday President Joe Biden announced, “The United States would have enough Covid-19 vaccine doses for every adult American by the end of May,” a CNN reporter said. Biden points out that the country should still be cautious against the virus.
Also, he announced that teachers in certain states should prioritize their vaccination plans, aiming to have students return to classrooms. In this, this will help administration figure their stance on when and how classrooms can open again.
“Let’s treat in person learning like an essential service that it is,” Biden said. Adding this to his goal for every teacher or school worker to get at least the first dose of the vaccine by the end of March.
This new date does not mean that all Americans will receive shots by May 31; “distribution and personnel mean it could take much longer for all doses to be administered,” a CNN source said. A partnership with major US drug makers will help speed up the process by two months from the administration’s goal to have enough shots by the end of July.
President Biden Partners With Johnson & Johnson
Biden announced that Merck would help produce a recently vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, which authorized the new May goal. A CNN reporter stated, “The White House said it was utilizing the Defense Production Act to help equip two Merck facilities to manufacture the Johnson & Johnson product.”
The planned partnership was reported by The Washington Post first.
Biden said in his comments from the White House, “That’s progress.” He stated that there could also be delays in Americans’ receiving the shots in their arms. Also, he states that the country may not turn to full normalcy for a long time.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we cannot let our guard down now to ensure victory is inevitable, we can’t assume that. We must remain vigilant, act fast and aggressively and look out for one another. That’s how we’re going to get ahead of this virus, get our economy going again and get back to our loved ones,” Biden said.