Biden has announced his plan to purchase another 200 million doses of vaccines for distribution over the summer.
“This is enough vaccine to fully vaccinate 300 [million] Americans by end of the summer, beginning of the fall.
This is an aggregate plan that doesn’t leave anything on the table or anything to chance as we’ve seen happen in the last year. I’ve said before — this is a wartime effort.”
At least 10 million doses of vaccines will be given each week, up from 8.6 million, for the next three weeks.
A senior Biden administration official said,
“We wish we could say today that every American who wanted to be vaccinated could go get vaccinated — that’s clearly not the case, that’s not the level of supply that we found when we arrived.
It’s going to take a number of months for us to be in a position where we can actually say to Americans that it is open season.”
Purchase of the additional doses — 100 million from Pfizer and 100 million from Moderna — will bring total assured purchases of authorized doses to 600 million.
The approval of J&J‘s new vaccine which requires only one dose and can be stored in normal refrigeration might be a game changer and affect this timeline positively. Approval is imminent, but still pending.
North Carolina State University public health systems expert Julie Swann, who worked on the H1N1 vaccination campaign, told BuzzFeed News,
“Everyone’s expectations for vaccination need to be reset, Overly optimistic projections of the number of doses available has set up the population for disappointment.”