U.S. President Joe Biden has announced a series of measures to increase the distribution of coronavirus vaccines, including the purchase of another 200 million doses of vaccine and the expansion of injections by millions of doses next week.
According to Biden, these additional doses would be enough to fully vaccinate 300 million Americans — nearly the entire U.S. population — by late summer or early fall. He called the effort to combat COVID-19 a “wartime affair.”
“We now have a national strategy to fight the coronavirus. It’s comprehensive. It’s based on science, not politics. It’s based on truth, not denial, and it’s detailed,” he said.
As part of the new effort announced Tuesday, the U.S. federal government will buy another 100 million doses from Pfizer/BioNTech and another 100 million from Moderna. Both manufacturers are working to increase production, and Biden said additional doses will be available this summer.
Biden previously said he expects vaccinations in the U.S. to increase to 1.5 million people a day. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 22.7 million doses of the vaccine had been administered to Americans as of noon Tuesday.