Residents wait in line to be vaccinated on March 10, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois at a COVID-19 mass vaccination center set up in a parking lot outside the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks.
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The U.S. exceeded 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered on Friday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
About 35 million people have been fully vaccinated, which is 13.5% of the adult US population, according to the CDC. About 65.9 million people have received at least one intake of two-dose therapy, the CDC said.
The milestone includes the 16.5 million vaccines administered under the Trump administration, but brings President Joe Biden closer to his goal of getting 100 million shots in his arms in his first 100 days in office.
Of those 65 and older, more than 32% are fully vaccinated and over 61% have received at least one dose, according to the CDC. This is noteworthy in that roughly 80% of the deaths caused by Covid-19 in the United States were in people aged 65 and over.
The government has gradually accelerated the pace of vaccinations since Biden took office. The White House originally attempted to administer 1 million shots a day, which some public health specialists criticized as a low target. The US hit a record 2.9 million shots on Friday, according to the CDC.
There are now three Covid-19 vaccines that have received emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Moderna and Pfizer’s two-dose emergency vaccines were approved in December, and Johnson & Johnson’s single vaccine was approved last month.
The White House has worked with manufacturers to speed up production and increase the overall supply of shots for the U.S. On Wednesday, Biden announced that the government plans to source an additional 100 million doses of the J&J vaccine.
J&J currently has a contract with the U.S. government to provide 100 million cans by the end of June, though White House officials said this week the company can deliver those cans by the end of May. This is thanks to a deal where J&J rival Merck will help make vaccine doses, Jeff Zients, the White House’s Covid-19 responses coordinator, told a news conference Friday.
Zients added that Moderna and Pfizer are expected to each deliver 200 million doses of their vaccines by the end of May.
“That’s more than enough vaccine to keep all adult Americans vaccinated by the end of May,” Zients said. “Now we need to increase the number of vaccines we’ve talked about and the number of places that Americans can be vaccinated.”
Biden used his first prime-time address to the nation on Thursday to urge states to question all adults for the Covid vaccines by May 1’s final decision. Alaska began opening the permission before Biden’s speech.
Some public health professionals fear that while the demand for vaccines was high when it was first introduced, the available demand may decline.
In his address on Thursday evening, Biden urged Americans to continue to follow public health measures and get vaccinated when it is their turn. He also aims to allow Americans to meet up in small groups in person with their friends and loved ones to celebrate July Fourth in case the pandemic in the US continues to decline
“If we all do our part, this country will soon be vaccinated, our economy will improve, our children will be back in school and we will prove once again that this country can do everything,” said Biden. But “if we don’t stay vigilant and conditions change, we may have to reintroduce the restrictions to get back on track.”
Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that President Joe Biden has not yet achieved his goal of 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days.