Biden: Enough Covid-19 Antibody Supply for Each Grown-up By End of May
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN ON Tuesday moved up his coronavirus vaccine supply timeline, saying there will be enough doses for every adult by the end of May.
Previously Biden said it would be July before the U.S. would have enough doses produced for 300 million Americans. He also announced on Tuesday that drugmaker Merck & Co. has agreed to help produce the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
“That’s progress,” Biden said from the White House. “Important progress.”
More than 100 million vaccine doses have been delivered and over 78 million doses have been administered, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Biden also directed states to prioritize educators for vaccination, saying that he wants “every educator, school staff member and child-care worker to receive at least one shot by the end of the month of March.”
He said that starting next week, the federal pharmacy program will prioritize vaccinating pre-K and K-12 educators and staff and childcare workers.
Still, Biden said that schools can reopen without vaccinated employees. But he said educators and parents have expressed “anxiety” over that possibility, so he urged states to treat “in person learning like an essential service that it is.”