Biden sets May target for adult shootings, prioritizes teachers
“We should all be encouraged by this news,” Biden said Tuesday at the White House. “The more people who are vaccinated, the faster we will beat this virus. “
In a separate statement, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that J&J would deliver “at or near” 100 million doses by the end of May, against a previous commitment of 100 million doses by the end of June. .
This acceleration – details of which were not provided – along with J & J’s vaccine authorization has led Biden to increase his schedule to see when there will be enough supply for all adults in the United States. The previous schedule did not include J&J.
Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc., which manufacture the other two authorized injections in the United States, said they would provide enough doses to 200 million Americans by the end of May.
Biden said he hoped the United States would be back to normal “around this time next year,” but said he was warned not to provide a specific date “because we didn’t are not sure “.
Biden called on state and local governments to prioritize teachers, school support staff and child care workers for immunizations, as he lobbies for schools to reopen safely with classroom instruction at full-time.
The pace of vaccinations in the United States is increasing, but the national decline in new cases has stalled. Meanwhile, several states lift restrictions on daily life, including mask warrants, as new, more contagious variants of the virus spread, threatening to reignite the pandemic before vaccines take hold.
“We can reopen schools if the right steps are taken even before employees are vaccinated. But time and time again, we’ve heard from educators and parents who have concerns about this, ”Biden said.