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Those waiting, patiently or otherwise, for a timeline on when they can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as members of the general public were given what could probably be classified as an educated guess by the new president on Monday. The current answer, at least according to Joe Biden, is "by spring."
Biden stated as much when asked by a reporter when he believed "roughly" that "anyone who wants" a vaccine would be able to get one.
"I think it'll be this spring," Biden said. "I think we'll be able to do that this spring. But it's going to be a logistical challenge that exceeds anything we've ever tried in this country (...) I feel confident that by summer we're going to be well on our way to heading toward herd immunity."
Video of his comments can be seen below:
"I think will be able to do that this spring" -- Biden on the timeline for everyone who wants a coronavirus vaccine being able to get one.
"I feel confident that by summer we're gonna be well on our way to heading toward herd immunity," he adds. pic.twitter.com/n6GYCBuUT7
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 25, 2021
In addition to that timeline, Biden also aired a revised ambition to try and administer 1.5 million shots per day. He had previously stated an every-24-hours-goal to administer 1 million doses during his first 100 days in office, but it's been pointed out that that's about what the U.S. was already doing when he took office.
President Biden now says he believes everyone who wants a vaccine can get one by this spring (further than Trump officials estimated) and hopes to raise daily vaccinations to 1.5 million soon, upping his goal of one million per day given that threshold was reached last week.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 25, 2021
Also note that the amount of people being innoculated would be half the number of whatever amount of shots are administered daily because two shots are necessary for the vaccine to take effect.
“We are optimistic that we will have enough vaccine, and in very short order,” Biden also stated Monday. “As we know, we came in office without knowledge how much vaccine was being held in advance or available. We’ve been around a week or so. We now have that. We’ve gotten commitments from some of the producers that they will, in fact, produce more vaccine in a relatively short period of time and then continue that down the road.”
When posed a similar question regarding vaccine distribution this past November by CNN's Jake Tapper, Dr. Anthony Fauci estimated that it would be "about April" when people not deemed "high priority" could get said needles in their arms.
"We’re talking probably by April, the end of April, I would think," Fauci said at the time. After stating that the answered date was an estimate, he added his belief that it would happen "within the first quarter."
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