President Joe Biden is satisfied with his plan to get 100 million Americans vaccinated in his first 100 days in office.
As he was signing executive orders in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, a reporter pressed Biden on whether his goal is enough to save the lives of Americans.
“You set the goal at 100 million vaccines; is that high enough? Should you set the bar higher? That’s basically where the U.S. is right now,” the reporter asked.
Biden laughed and replied, “When I announced it, you all said that it’s not possible. Come on. Give me a break, man. That’s a good start, a hundred million.”
Watch the exchange below:
REPORTER: "You set the goal at 100 million vaccines, is that high enough? Should you set the bar higher? That's basically where the US is right now."— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 21, 2021
BIDEN: "When I announced it, you all said that it's not possible. Come on. Give me a break, man!" pic.twitter.com/nIKFwGmjXJ
To create more spots for vaccinations, Biden is planning on partnering with state and local governments, as IJR reported.
The president will attempt to increase vaccinations by deploying thousands of clinical staff members.
Biden is considering invoking the Defense Production Act to distribute vaccines faster.
The new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, was asked during her appearance on “Today” on Thursday when it is likely the general public will have access to the vaccine, as IJR reported.
“I’m going to tell you the truth here. I don’t think by late February we’re going to have the vaccine in every pharmacy in this country,” Walensky said.
She continued, “We said 100 million doses in the first 100 days, and we’re going to stick to that plan, but I also want to be very cognizant of the fact that after 100 days, there are still a lot of Americans who need vaccine.”
Host Savannah Guthrie asked Walensky how the administration is going to reach their vaccination goal.
“We recognize this is the most immediate emergency, to get this country back to health. There are numerous plans as we think forward as to how we’re going to get people vaccinated,” Walensky said.