Authorities plan to vaccinate 100 million people by the end of March 2021
More than one million U.S. residents have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Today, the U.S. reached a preliminary but important milestone. Jurisdictions reported that more than one million people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since it began 10 days ago,” he said.
In a conference call with reporters, Moncef Slaoui, the lead advisor for the government’s FTL program, said the goal of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of the month “is barely being met.”
That said, he said, the U.S. still intends to vaccinate 100 million people by the end of the first quarter of 2021, and another 100 million by the end of the second.
Three million doses of vaccines were delivered to a variety of U.S. locations last week. Use of the first approved vaccine, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, began Dec. 14.