The US will have enough COVID-19 vaccines for all Americans by May, President Biden says
President Joe Biden said Tuesday that there will be 300 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by May, which should cover most of America
- This is two months ahead of Biden’s original prediction for all adults to receive a vaccine, which was July.
- However, this doesn’t mean all the doses will be administered by May. The vaccines will simply be available at that point in time.
- “That’s progress,” Biden said Tuesday, according to CNN.
The announcement came as Biden revealed competitors Merck and Johnson & Johnson would form a new partnership to provide more COVID-19 vaccinations and distribution methods, which I wrote about before.
Officials told The Washington Post that Johnson & Johnson had fallen behind with COVID-19 vaccine production. But the deal with Merck, a massive vaccine developer, will help create more doses to help all Americans become vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, according to The Washington Post.
Currently, Moderna and Pfizer are the main vaccines — and they require two shots. Meanwhile, the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine requires one dose. Shots from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are expected to start being released this week, per NPR.