Covid-19 vaccination campaign in the US

The US has distributed 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, with 13% of adults fully vaccinated

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the country has distributed 100 million doses of vaccine against Covid-19 as of March 12.

Medical staff took samples to test people at the Covid-19 testing area at Hard Rock Stadium, Florida on March 30, 2020. Documentary photo: AFP

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added that about 35 million Americans were fully vaccinated with Covid-19, accounting for 13.5 percent of all adults in the country. In addition, more than 65.9 million people received at least one shot of the vaccine under a two-dose regimen.

This important result includes 16.5 million doses of vaccine deployed under the Donald Trump administration, but it brings President Joe Biden closer to his goal of 100 million Covid-19 vaccinations in his first 100 days in office.

Of those 65 years of age and older, more than 32% had received the full Covid-19 vaccine and more than 61% had received at least one dose. In the US, about 80% of Covid-19 deaths fall among people 65 years of age and older.

The US government has gradually accelerated the Covid-19 vaccination since Joe Biden took office. The White House initially set a target of distributing 1 million injections a day, but some public health experts criticized it as a low target. As of March 12, the US had delivered a record 2.9 million injections a day, according to the report Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The US is circulating three Covid-19 vaccines that are licensed for use by the Food and Drug Administration. In particular, the two-dose vaccine from Moderna and Pfizer was licensed for emergency use in December 2020, while the one-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson was approved last month.

The White House has urged pharmaceutical companies to speed up production and increase supplies of vaccines they have committed to the US. In the middle of this week, President Biden announced, Washington planned to secure an additional supply of 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson is working on a deal with the US government to provide 100 million doses of vaccine by the end of June, while White House officials have said the company will be able to deliver enough by the end of May. .

White House Covid-19 response program coordinator Jeff Zient explained at a press conference on March 12 that the end of May mark is possible because Merck, a Johnson & Johnson rival, will support to support the production of those doses by agreement.

Moderna and Pfizer both plan to provide 200 million doses of vaccine by the end of May, said Jeff Zient. Zient confirmed.

“Now we need to increase the number of people vaccinated as we said, and the number of places that Americans can get vaccinated,” said Mr. Zient.

In his keynote speech before the country on March 11, President Biden urged states to ensure all adults are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine on May 1. Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued guidance on priority vaccinations when supplies are limited, while state governments are the last immunization decision-maker. and. Prior to President Biden’s speech, Alaska began to make vaccination eligible cases public.

In his speech on the evening of March 11, President Biden urged Americans to continue to comply with epidemic prevention measures and participate in vaccination when it is their turn. The “boss” of the White House also mentioned the goal that Americans can gather and meet face-to-face with friends and relatives in small groups on July 4, if the pandemic continues to subside in the US.

“If we all guarantee our jobs, this country will soon be fully vaccinated, the economy will recover, our children will go back to school and we will once again testify. This country can do anything, “said President Biden.

But “if we are not vigilant and the situation changes, it may have to re-enable the restrictions to get (the situation) back on track,” Biden added.