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Coronavirus US: when did Biden say that all Americans will be vaccinated?

President Joe Biden announced Thursday that his team has secured a further 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses, meeting a commitment he made a month ago.

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Coronavirus US: when did Biden say that all Americans will be vaccinated?
DPA vía Europa Press

President Biden spoke at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Thursday, announcing that his administration’s vaccine rollout programme is ahead of schedule and that there will be enough doses to vaccinate every American by July 2021.

Coronavirus vaccine: 600 million doses purchased

During his speech in Bethesda, Maryland, Biden announced that his coronavirus task force had secured an additional 200 million doses of coronavirus vaccine, which doubles supply and fulfils a promise he made in January.

"Within three weeks, 'round the clock work with so many people standing behind me and in front of me, we've now purchased enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all Americans, and now we're working to get those vaccines into the arms of millions of people," the President said.

Biden took advantage of the announcement to point out that his vaccine rollout plan is ahead of schedule, specifically that Moderna and Pfizer will deliver a total of 200 million covid-19 vaccine doses by the end of July, rather than the end of the summer, he said. The companies will also be expected to have delivered 100 million doses by the end of May, instead of than the end of June, according to a report by CNN.

Biden: my predecessor did not do his job on vaccine plan

He also echoed what aides of the President have claimed since Biden took office, that Donald Trump’s White House didn’t have a vaccine distribution plan.

"While scientists did their job in discovering vaccines in record time, my predecessor - I'll be very blunt about it - did not do his job in getting ready for the massive challenge of vaccinating hundreds of millions of Americans. He didn't order enough vaccines. He didn't mobilize enough people to administer the shots. He didn't set up the federal vaccine centers where eligible people can go and get their shots," Biden said. "When I became president three weeks ago, America had no plan to vaccinate most of the country. It was a big mess."

Responsibility was largely devolved to individual states to distribute vaccines under Trump's administration. States were averaging close to 900,000 vaccinations a day when Biden took office, and are now on pace for close to 1.5 million a day, according to the Hill.

Joe Biden’s administration has made a point of taking responsibility as federal government and increasing vaccine availability to underserved communities by opening up mass vaccination sites across the country.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the US paid approximately $2 billion to Pfizer for the additional doses, and $1.65 billion to Moderna

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