This is double the 100 million doses I initially promised
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US President Joe Biden promised on Thursday that 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered in his country before May, when his first 100 days in power will end.
Biden announced that goal, which is twice the goal of 100 million doses he initially promised, during the first press conference of his mandate.
“Now, today, I am establishing a second objective, and that is that we will have administered, in my first hundred days in office, 200 million doses,” he stressed.
Biden acknowledged that it is an “ambitious” goal but expressed confidence that it is achievable.
So far, some 85.5 million people (25.7% of the population) have received at least one dose, of which 46.4 million (14%) are already fully inoculated, since December 14, 2020 when the first was injected.
The United States is the worst hit in the world by the coronavirus pandemic with more than 30 million cases and more than 545,000 deaths from the covid-19 disease, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
California is now the most affected state with 57,850 deaths, followed by New York (49,717), Texas (47,689), Florida (32,850), Pennsylvania (24,874), New Jersey (24,292) and Illinois (23,408).
The Biden White House predicts that in total more than 600,000 people in the country will die from the virus.
The president said Thursday that “nothing has changed” on the border with Mexico, where he faces a migration crisis due to the arrival of immigrant minors.
The increase in immigration and minors arriving alone “happens every year”, said the president in the first press conference he has offered since his inauguration on January 20.
Biden said this Thursday that be “difficult” to fulfill the commitment to withdraw the troops of Afghanistan by May 1, but promised that the soldiers will “leave” the country.
During the first press conference of his term, Biden added that he does not believe that US troops will continue to be in Afghanistan next year.
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