Joe Biden announces additional 100 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses


Biden spoke on Wednesday as the US Congress adopted the $19 trillion Covid relief plan.

While many of them called the mission "preposterous" and "impossible", issuing premature "fact-checks" on Trump and his vice president's vaccine optimism, the first round of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was administered in the United States in mid-December to health-care workers in NY.

Earlier, the president lauded the "historic, almost unprecedented collaboration" between Johnson and Johnson and Merck as he underscored the move to secure an additional 100 million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The United States will share coronavirus vaccines with other countries if it ends up with a surplus, US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday. "But more importantly, I'm going to talk about what comes next".

Biden said last week the United States would have enough Covid-19 vaccine doses for every adult American by the end of May, which would dramatically accelerate his timeline previously set for the end of July.

Supply of AstraZeneca through COVAX delayed
The Covisheiled/AstraZeneca vaccine is provided in two doses that are given approximately 16 weeks apart. Prime Minister Scott Morrison. "They are in an unbridled crisis situation".

"Trump promises coronavirus vaccine by end of the year, but his own experts temper expectations", said an ABC News headline in May.

"On Saturday, we hit a record of 2.9 million vaccinations in one day in America", Biden said. We can not let our guard down now or assume the victory is inevitable. Referencing Bloomberg's Vaccine Tracker, with the latest vaccination rate of 2,168,688 doses per day on average, it would take approximately 6 months to vaccinate 75% of the USA population with a vaccine requiring two-doses.

'I couldn't be more honored to be at the White House today celebrating this landmark collaboration between Johnson & Johnson, Merck and the Biden administration to further accelerate production of our vaccine, ' Gorsky said. She said Biden was discussing the need to ensure vaccines got to developing countries with his counterparts, but gave no details.

South Africa and India are leading the push for a temporary waiver of the rules of the WTO's Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) agreement, a move that could allow generic or other manufacturers to make more vaccines.

According to Trump, the USA would still not have a Covid-19 vaccine and "probably wouldn't be getting it at all" had he not been president.