On Tuesday, Joe Biden declared that the United States will have enough coronavirus vaccines for all American adults by the end of May due to a “stepped-up process” carried out by his administration.
“We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May,” Biden said. “When we came into office, the prior administration had contracted for not nearly enough vaccine to cover adults in America. We rectified that.”
The new timeline is more condensed than Biden's previous prediction that the U.S. would have enough vaccines for all American adults — 600 million doses — by the end of July.
Biden stressed that Tuesday’s developments marked a significant milestone in the fight against the virus, but he cautioned that more work needs to be done in order to distribute the vaccine and inoculate much of the U.S. population.
He highlighted his administration’s efforts to boost the number of vaccinators and locations where Americans can receive doses.
“That is progress, important progress,” he added. “But it’s not enough to have the vaccine supply.”
It could take much longer for the country to vaccinate the adult population, given the logistical hurdles of distributing and administering vaccines. Americans in states and cities, including Washington, D.C., have encountered challenges in signing up for appointments online. The Biden administration is also trying to address vaccine hesitancy by communicating that the vaccines are safe and effective in order to ensure that as much of the population as possible gets vaccinated.
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