President Biden said Tuesday that by the end of May, the United States will have enough coronavirus vaccine doses for “every adult in America” who wants one, a goal that he previously projected would be achieved by July.
“This country will have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May. … That’s progress,” Biden said at the White House, attributing the new target date to a “stepped-up process” led by his administration.
The president also announced that, at his administration’s urging, Johnson & Johnson is taking “additional new actions to safely accelerate vaccine production.” The company’s vaccine manufacturing facilities “will now begin to operate 24/7,” he said.
Biden’s remarks came after he called into the weekly private Senate Democratic lunch on Capitol Hill as he continues a push for passage of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
Separately, the administration announced it is imposing sanctions on Russia over the poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin
Credit: The Washington Post