US buys 200m Covid-19 vaccine doses as Biden says Trump ‘did not do his job’ – The Guardian

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter

The US has finalized an order for 200m more vaccine doses – 100m doses each from Pfizer and Moderna – to be delivered by the end of July, Joe Biden confirmed on Monday.

Speaking at the National Institutes of Health on Thursday, the president touted his team’s early efforts to expand access to coronavirus vaccines, and criticized Donald Trump’s strategy for distributing vaccines, saying the last administration did not order enough doses or mobilize enough people to administer shots.

“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,” Biden said.

Biden blasts Trump administration's handling of vaccine program – video
Biden blasts Trump administration’s handling of vaccine program – video

With demand for the vaccine far outstripping supply, Americans are struggling to get appointments for their inoculations, leaving Biden with an acute problem less than a month after taking over from Trump.

Biden said Trump, who spent his last two months in office in a futile effort to overturn the results of the November presidential election that he lost, left the vaccine program in “much worse shape” than Biden had anticipated and that his team had been misled about the vaccine supply.

Biden also celebrated that the US is on track to exceed his goal of 100m vaccine doses distributed over his first 100 days in office, but he emphasized Americans still had to take precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

“Mask up, America. Mask up,” Biden said.

Biden said the US coronavirus death toll is likely to reach 500,000 next month.

“We’ve now purchased enough vaccine to vaccinate all Americans,” Biden said. He said the United States, which has a population of about 330 million, was on track to have 300 million doses by the end of July.

Sorgente articolo:
US buys 200m Covid-19 vaccine doses as Biden says Trump ‘did not do his job’ – The Guardian

User ID Campaign ID Link
d9a95efa0a2845057476957a427b0499 l-99999984 Cloud Realtime
d9a95efa0a2845057476957a427b0499 l-99999996 Webinar Software
d9a95efa0a2845057476957a427b0499 l-99999982 Cloud Real Time
d9a95efa0a2845057476957a427b0499 l-99999983 Ugo Fiasconaro