U.S. President Joe Biden promised Tuesday that the United States will have enough vaccines by the end of May to immunize all U.S. adults.
This statement represents an acceleration of the inoculation schedule set by the Biden Administration — which initially planned to reach this milestone by the end of July — and according to the President, “thanks to an accelerated process” there will be “sufficient” supply of vaccines for all U.S. adults by the end of May.
Biden attributed this possibility to the recent approval of the emergency use of a third vaccine against the coronavirus, Johnson & Johnson’s, and to the government’s efforts to secure more agreements with pharmaceutical companies.
The case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine -approved on Saturday-, for which the Government has already reached an agreement, facilitates the availability of vaccines since it only requires one dose and its storage conditions are much simpler.
For the manufacture of the Johnson & Johnson immunizer, its plant will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to produce the vaccine and the Department of Defense will provide logistical support to the company, the president said.
On the other hand, Biden indicated that the government’s objective is “to do everything possible to help all educators receive the vaccine this month, in March”.
However, the President has insisted that caution must still be exercised regarding the virus, while the availability to vaccinate all adults will not necessarily materialize in full immunization on May 31, as logistical and distribution problems, as well as lack of personnel, may mean that the process may be delayed, according to U.S. media.
So far, the United States has 28,717,134 cases of coronavirus and 516,456 deaths due to the disease, and continues to be the country hardest hit by the pandemic.