BREAKING: The U.S. expects to have enough COVID vaccine doses for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, President Joe Biden says.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, as his administration announced that drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved shot.
The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose J&J vaccine and accelerate the nation’s plans to reach “herd immunity” in the U.S. and begin restoring normalcy after the pandemic. Biden noted that vaccine supply was only one bottleneck toward that goal, and that the new challenge will be injecting doses into arms as swiftly as possible.
To that end, the Biden administration told governors Tuesday to prepare for their supplies of vaccine to continue to climb over the coming weeks. Additional doses are also heading toward a federally backed program to administer doses in more accessible retail pharmacies. headtopics.com
Officials have said J&J faced unexpected production issues with its vaccine and produced only 3.9 million doses ahead of its receiving emergency use authorization on Saturday. The company has promised to deliver 100 million doses by the end of June.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki also announced Tuesday that the federal government was increasing supply of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to states next week to 15.2 million doses per week, up from 14.5 million previously. States will also receive 2.8 million doses of the J&J shot this week.
On a call with governors Tuesday, White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said states should prepare for administering 16-17 million total weekly doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by the end of March, climbing to 17-18 million weekly by early April. The supply of J&J doses to states, expected to dip after the initial shipment this week, will climb to 4-6 million weekly doses by the end of March and 5-6 million doses weekly through the end of April.
More than 800,000 doses of the J&J vaccine will also be distributed this week to pharmacies to administer in a separate federally-run program that also includes 2.4 million doses of the other two shots. Both figures are expected to steadily increase, as the White House increasingly looks to the capacity of pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreens to help speed the nation’s mass vaccination campaign. headtopics.com
Facing questions about the company’s slipping delivery schedule, J&J Vice President Richard Nettles told lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week that the company had faced “significant challenges” because of its “highly complex” manufacturing process.
The assistance from Merck was expected to help J&J meet its production commitments and expand supply even further, but the administration did not immediately provide specifics.ADVERTISEMENTPsaki said that an “across the administration effort” was required to get the two historic rivals to work together on the vaccines, even though conversations between the two companies have been going on for months.
“There’s a difference between conversations and it moving forward,” she said.President Joe Biden is set to highlight the development in a speech Tuesday afternoon, as his administration now expects to have enough supply of the three approved vaccines to inoculate all eligible American adults by June — though actually delivering the injections could take longer.
It was not immediately clear when the effect of Merck’s assistance would be reflected in supply. Previously, federal officials have cautioned that setting up the highly specialized manufacturing lines to produce vaccines would take months. Read more: The Associated Press »
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Biden has no idea what he is talking about JimSannes lmao Biden says he does not even know what day it is. and there would not be any VACCINES without TRUMP MAGA Don’t see how that’s going to happen unless something changes as we just went to 1B today and the earliest I could get an appointment was May 28 😏
Who rushed the vaccine process? If you hate him or not Trump did push for an expedited release of the vaccine. Biden has the cake part. But applause for Biden in rolling out the vaccine across the states!! Way to go, President Biden!! Thanks for tackling the problem instead of trying to shove a virus under a rug and hoping it goes away before the next election. That's the sign of a real leader.
DeniseDresserG También hay desabasto en usa Thank you President Trump DeniseDresserG La diferencia de un país neoliberal que invierte en su 'pueblo', aquí lopezobrador_ canceló los contratos con las farmacéuticas y anda pidiendo limosnas con la asesoría de HLGatell. Pass Asking you for support if possible
I hope so. Open up the tiers NY. Let us all in PattyArquette If JoeBiden (or any other decent human being) had been our President a year ago, just think how different summer would have been, or the holidays, or how many souls would still be well and with us. That doesn’t mean the spread will stop in may
PattyArquette But Texas & Florida are lifting Covid restrictions now? Sooo between March & May Covid will just go away? Vaccine to treat healthy people against disease with 99.5% survival rate. You couldn’t make it up!😂 No wonder the world is a complete shit-show owned by 2% with the number of brainless fools around.
Because of Trump! Greatest President in my lifetime. Band wagon. Get em to Texas first. Them b***hes don't have to wear masks anymore... I’m an ex BBC journalist and here I talk to two doctors and a journalist from Britain’s biggest selling newspaper about ivermectin IT WORKS please please share TO ALL FREE VIOCES : This is the voice of many DVlottery winners (2017 to 2020) who have been DAMAGED by unjust P.P9645 WE ASK POTUS VP TO RE-CONSIDER ALL OF US. muslimban StateDept MuslimAdvocates SecBlinken SenWarren SenatorDurbin FLOTUS SenatorMenendez
Thank you Trump for Operation Warp Speed. There shouldn't be rivals......but then again stupidity is rampant Thank you Donald J. Trump 🙏 hooting and hollering Thanks to President Trump!! Too bad not everyone will take it. Marketing at its best. Billions made out of virus The AP getting out the massage oils
gonna be a lot of leftovers, just like Thanksgiving President Joe Biden is directing states to prioritize vaccinating all teachers during March. Biden says the federal government will help through its partnership with retail pharmacies. The doctors in Appleton Minnesota stated there is no covid-19 vaccine available to anybody in this town!
Story upcoming. US has too many doses. Many people refuse to take vaccine. “Two months earlier than expected” lol. They set longer goals than needed and claim to have done something special by beating it. Not fooling anybody. That's a president. By blocking exports to other countries