US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that following the recent emergency approval of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, all American adults can receive the coronavirus vaccine by the end of May.
Biden officially announced at a press conference that pharmaceutical giant Merck is working with rival Johnson & Johnson to help manufacture its recently approved COVID-19 vaccine to speed up the country’s vaccination efforts. The process is slow, but It has started to accelerate in recent weeks.
In addition to the cooperation between Merck and Johnson & Johnson, the emergency approval of the vaccine is the key to delaying the vaccine target from July to the end of May for all adult Americans, which is two earlier than originally anticipated. Around the month. Biden believes that the acceleration of this timetable is an “accelerated process.”
Johnson & Johnson previously agreed to provide 100 million doses of one-time vaccination to the United States by June, but White House officials said the company has been struggling with supply and material issues.
MERCK, a partner of JOHNSON & JOHNSON in the production of COVID-19 vaccine
Last week, before obtaining the FDA’s emergency use authorization, Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 coordinator, said that the Biden administration is working hard to further “speed up the pace and timetable.” After learning about Johnson & Johnson, the company delivered in accordance with agreed supply Up the product. Johnson’s production schedule has fallen behind.
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The president said that increasing the production of Johnson & Johnson’s jabs is an “opportunity to help address emergency vaccination needs more quickly.” Biden said he also pointed out that his government’s goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days is likely to be achieved because the country has “achieved half of this goal” in his first 37 days, and He added that he has “full confidence” in the United States. Will always do it. ”
Biden said that with more vaccines, the country will also need more vaccinators, noting that doctors and nurses across the country have retired to assist in these tasks. He added that thousands of federal personnel, namely those from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Defense and other agencies, have also provided assistance in the vaccination efforts.
In addition, Biden also hopes that all states will give priority to K-12 teachers, childcare workers, school staff and other educators, and recommends that states provide at least one COVID-19 vaccine to this group by the end of March. He said the team will also be able to use the federal pharmacy program to obtain vaccination appointments.
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At the same time, Biden called on all American citizens to be vigilant, especially in the new variants of this new disease.
Biden said: “With the spread of new variants and the setbacks we face, such as the recent winter storms in the Midwest and South, the situation may get worse again. However, our government will never take it lightly.” “Not now. When we let go of our vigilance, people’s lives are threatened.”
Alexandria Hein of Fox News contributed to this report.