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President Biden said on Thursday that his administration would achieve its initial goal by giving 100 million injections of COVID-19 well before its initial reference deadline of 100 days.
Biden said that the goal of 100 million shots will be achieved on Friday, which will be 58 days from his presidency.
He said he would announce his next vaccination goal next week.
“We need millions more to vaccinate,” Biden said, urging people to get the vaccine in turn and take other precautions to stop the spread.
“We’re going to beat this, we started long before the deadline, but we have a long way to go,” he said.
Upon taking office, Biden complained that the Trump administration did not leave much infrastructure for an ambitious vaccination program, but still strived to deliver 100 million doses by the time he was in power – enough for almost a third of the American population.
Former President Trump, under whom the vaccine program was initially launched, gave this week reserved recommendation to his supporters to get the vaccine when it was made available to them, after opinion polls showed that his fans were least likely to seek inoculation from the virus.
“I would recommend it and I would recommend it to a lot of people who don’t want to get it. And a lot of those people have sincerely voted for me. But, you know, again, we have our freedoms and I have to live off of it, and I agree with that,” he said. was Trump in a statement to Fox News earlier this week.
Trump and his wife, both infected with the virus late last year, received the vaccine privately shortly before leaving office.