United States President Joe Biden has set a new target of 200 million vaccinated Americans by the end of his first 100 days in office.
The announcement comes after Friday last week, when the US hit 100 million coronavirus vaccinations, which was reached a mere 58 days since Biden was inaugurated.
“I know it’s ambitious—twice our original goal—but no other country in the world has come close…to what we’re doing,” Biden said. “I believe we can do it.”
Despite a slow start under former President Donald Trump’s administration, vaccination has sped up and averaged 2.5 million doses daily in the past week. If this keeps up, the new target will be reached within five weeks.
The US government has struck a deal with Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine which it expects by June’s end. This comes alongside previously-approved shots manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna, which is expected to provide 600 million doses combined.