Biden administration claims COVID vaccine drive progress

The United States accelerated its COVID-19 vaccination program and nearly doubled the daily inoculation rate for Americans in the four weeks since President Biden took office, according to data released Wednesday by his administration.

Statistics show that an average of 1.7 million people received an injection each day in the past week, following a steady increase since mid-January in which the average number of daily inoculations increased by 200,000 per week.

“We have much more work to do on all fronts,” said Jeff Zients, who leads Biden’s COVID-19 task force, during a briefing on Wednesday. “But we are taking the necessary steps to defeat this virus.”

Biden said Tuesday night during CNN programming that enough vaccines would be available to all Americans by the end of July, and criticized the administration of former President Trump for not doing more to vaccinate the country. “We took command and inquired about the supply; there was nothing. I mean, there was nothing in the refrigerator figuratively and literally, “Biden said.

However, the country was already on track to meet Biden’s goal of one million injections a day before he took office on January 20. The week before that date – Trump’s last full week at the helm – an average of 900,000 a day had been applied.

Biden was hesitant to establish a timeline for when the pandemic would end. “As my mother used to say, ‘with the grace of God and the goodwill of the neighbors,’ I believe that for next Christmas we will be in a very different circumstance, God willing, than we have today,” he said.

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