Biden says US to have enough vaccines for the whole country by May
More than 76 million vaccination doses have been administered across America.
Joe Biden has said that the United States will have enough vaccines for the whole country by the end of May.
This would be two months earlier than anticipated, as he announced that the drugmaker Merck would help produce Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved shot.
Johnson & Johnson's vaccine, crucially, is a one shot vaccine. The European Medicines Agency is set to decide on whether it will be approved for use in Europe next week.
Biden urged all Americans to take the vaccine in a speech, where he said: "We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May."
When asked when "normal life" may resume in America, Biden said that he would be reluctant to put a set date on it, but that some point next year looks most likely.
He said: "I’ve been cautioned not to give an answer to that because we don’t know for sure."
Meanwhile, Ireland missed last week's target of 100,000 vaccines by over 18,000.
From Monday, 22 February to Sunday, 28 February, the HSE administered 81,843 doses, 18,157 short of the amount Leo Varadkar said would be given out.
This is believed to be due to delivery issues.