WASHINGTON (Reuters) ― President-elect Joe Biden’s objective of delivering 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine throughout the first 100 days of his presidency “is absolutely a doable thing,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, mentioned on Sunday.
Fauci, talking on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” mentioned two new vaccines underneath growth by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson might “very soon” be offered to U.S. regulators for approval, which might enhance the tempo of vaccinations. “We’re weeks away, not months away, for sure,” he mentioned.
He mentioned extra vaccinations ― coupled with mask-wearing and avoiding crowds ― can be one of the simplest ways for the United States to sort out a brand new, extra infectious pressure of the coronavirus.
“If we can get the overwhelming majority of the population vaccinated, we’d be in very good shape and could beat even the mutant,” he mentioned.
Fauci’s remarks got here amid criticism of the tempo at which the United States is administering vaccines for a illness that has killed greater than 390,000 individuals within the nation. About 10.6 million Americans have up to now been vaccinated, about half as many as President Donald Trump’s administration hoped would have acquired injections by the tip of 2020.
Biden has mentioned ramping up the tempo of vaccinations can be considered one of his prime priorities when he takes workplace on Wednesday.
“One thing that’s clear is that the issue of getting 100 million doses in the first 100 days is absolutely a doable thing,” Fauci mentioned. “The feasibility of his goal is absolutely clear. There’s no doubt about that, that that can be done.”
(Reporting by Brad Heath; Editing by Ross Colvin and Daniel Wallis)
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