WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — President Joe Biden announced a vaccination goal of 100 million coronavirus shots in his first 100 days in office.
NewsNation is tracking that effort in an interactive chart below.
Feb. 15, 2021
Due to President’s Day, there are no updates to Feb. 15’s numbers. According to the CDC, “updates will occur the following day when reporting coincides with a federal holiday.”
Feb. 9, 2021
The White House is increasing the supply of coronavirus vaccines beginning next week, with an aim to ensure the equity of the distribution of doses.
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, the chair of the White House’s COVID-19 equity task force, said Tuesday that the federal government is devoting 1 million doses to begin distributing vaccines at 250 community health centers. It’s meant to be the first phase of a program to expand vaccinations to the more than 1,300 federally supported community health centers, which primarily care for low-income and uninsured populations. This will begin Monday, Feb. 15.
COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients also announced states will see their allocation of doses rise to 11 million per week, starting next week. That’s up more than 2 million since President Joe Biden took office.
Feb. 8, 2021
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris virtually toured a coronavirus vaccination site in Arizona Monday.
The virtual tour was of State Farm Stadium, a 24/7 vaccination site in Glendale.
Seven NFL stadiums were already being used as vaccination sites — the Arizona Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium, Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium, Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium, Houston Texans’ NRG Park, Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium and the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium — but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to the president earlier in the week offering the remaining 23 stadiums.
The Pentagon approved the deployment of 1,100 active-duty troops to help deliver COVID-19 vaccine shots.
White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt said Friday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s request to “augment and expedite vaccinations across the country.”
Austin sent the first group of active-duty personnel to support state vaccination sites in California.
The 1,100 active-duty members will be split up into five teams, two from the Army, and one each from the Air Force, the Navy and the Marine Corps.
Feb. 4, 2021
Johnson & Johnson said on Thursday it has asked U.S. health regulators to authorize its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.
The drugmaker’s application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) follows its Jan. 29 report in which it said the vaccine had a 66% rate of preventing infections in its large global trial.
J&J’s single-shot vaccine could help boost supply and simplify the U.S. immunization campaign, amid concerns of fresh surges due to the more contagious UK coronavirus variant and the potential of lower vaccine efficacy against the variant that first emerged in South Africa.
Unlike the two currently authorized vaccines from Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc, J&J’s does not require a second shot or need to be shipped frozen.
Feb. 3, 2021
President Joe Biden’s administration announced Tuesday that it will begin shipping COVID-19 vaccines directly to select pharmacies on Feb. 11, as part of its plan to ramp up vaccinations as new and potentially more serious virus strains are appearing in the United States.
Meanwhile, AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine does more than prevent people from falling seriously ill — it appears to reduce transmission of the virus and offers strong protection for three months on just a single dose, researchers said Wednesday in an encouraging turn in the campaign to suppress the outbreak.
Jan. 29, 2021
The government’s top infectious disease expert said Friday he hopes to see children being vaccinated starting in the next few months. It’s a needed step to securing widespread immunity to the coronavirus.
“Hopefully by the time we get to the late spring and early summer we will have children being able to be vaccinated,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said during the White House coronavirus briefing.
Vaccines are not yet approved for children, and Fauci was looking ahead to a time they will be plentiful. Even older adults are having difficulty getting shots at the moment. As of Thursday, only about 1.3% of Americans had been fully vaccinated with the required two doses of the currently available vaccines.
Children represent about one-fourth of the population, and for the U.S. to reach “herd immunity,” or widespread resistance, about 70% to 85% of the population must be vaccinated.
Jan 27, 2021
More COVID-19 vaccination sites around the country are canceling appointments because of vaccine shortages. Even in areas where shots are available, confusion often reigns over who qualifies to get one.
Officials across the country are promising supply-chain improvements, even as mass-vaccination sites sit idle, waiting for shipments to arrive.
Also Wednesday, the Biden administration released the once-secret COVID-19 State Profile Reports for all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
The weekly reports published on Sunday were released Wednesday. These reports have been providing governors and state health officials a snapshot in time of the state of the pandemic and included details on COVID-19 vaccinations.
Jan 26, 2021
The Biden administration ordered 200 million more coronavirus vaccines and will funnel more doses to states now, in a bid to deliver on the U.S. president’s promise to curb the pandemic, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday.
“We’ll soon be able to confirm the purchase of the additional 100 million doses for each of the two FDA authorized vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna,” Biden said. “200 million more doses than the federal government had previously secured, not in hand yet, but ordered. We expect these additional 200 million doses to be delivered this summer. And some of it will come as early as early summer, but by mid-summer, this vaccine will be there.”
Biden said the move will increase the total vaccine order in the United States by “50%, from 400 million ordered to 600 million ordered.” He claimed it would be enough doses to fully vaccinate 300 million Americans against the coronavirus.
Jan. 25, 2021
President Joe Biden said on Monday he might be able to raise to 150 million his 100-day goal of administering 100 million vaccination shots for the coronavirus.
Biden told reporters it is likely that 1 million or more shots a day will be delivered in about three weeks.
“If we wear masks between now and the end of April, the experts tell us we may be able to save 50,000 lives,” Biden said.
Priority number one for President Biden’s first full week in office is the coronavirus pandemic, according to the White House. As of now, a goal of 100 million shots in the first 100 days — and turning around what has been a very slow vaccine rollout across the country.
“The process to distribute the vaccine, particularly outside nursing homes and hospitals, into the community as a whole did not really exist when we came into the White House,” White Chief of Staff Ron Klain said over the weekend.
Jan. 21, 2021
On his second day in office, President Biden said vaccines will be available in local pharmacies. He said he tasked the Department of Health and Human Services to expand the pool of professionals to administer the vaccine in an effort to meet his goal of 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office.
Dr. Anthony Fauci held his first briefing of the Biden administration and called Biden’s goal “reasonable.”
Fauci said he is pleased with Biden’s plans to launch community vaccine centers, get pharmacies more involved and invoke the Defense Production Act where appropriate, like needles and syringes.
“If we get 70 to 80% of the country vaccinated, let’s say by the end of the summer, middle of the summer. I believe by the time we get to the fall; we will be approaching a degree of normalities. It’s not going to be perfect, but one that can take the pressure of the American public,” he said.
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Jan. 20, 2021
Amazon sent a letter shortly after President Joe Biden was sworn into office to offer the company’s support to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations.