March 19, 2021 – 23:48
The United States has achieved the goal set by President Biden to inject 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, almost a month ahead of the deadline set by him for his first 100 days in office.
The achievement was announced as the president was preparing to set a higher vaccination target nationwide. The United States is already doing about 2.5 million vaccinations a day. President Biden, who promised to set a new vaccination target next week, suggested setting a figure of 200 million injections for his first 100 days in office.
He told reporters Friday that “we may be able to double it”. His comments come as the United States is expected to provide enough vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson in just 10 weeks to vaccinate the entire adult population.
The pace is expected to increase dramatically later this month with the receipt of a quantity of vaccines, thus coming even closer to reaching the target of 200 million injections.
The United States reported 59,822 new cases of coronavirus and 1,611 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University data, ranking behind Brazil, which reported 86,982 cases and 2,724 deaths.
More than 75.4 million people, or 22.7% of the U.S. population, have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 40.9 million people, or 12.3% of the population, have completed their vaccinations.
The seven-day average for new day cases in the United States fell over the past two weeks from 62,263 on March 4, to 54,453 on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The seven-day average for new daily deaths in the United States fell over the past two weeks from 1,784 on March 4 to 1,238 on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University data./VOA