Biden to announce U.S. meeting goal of 200 million COVID-19 shots

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will announce on Wednesday that the United States will have administered more than 200 million COVID-19 vaccine shots this week, reaching early the more ambitious goal he’d set for combatting the pandemic.

Biden will tout that milestone in afternoon remarks at the White House, according to a White House official.

Before taking office, Biden pledged to get 100 million vaccines into the arms of Americans in his first 100 days, a goal many considered lofty given the patchwork federal response he inherited and the fact that no vaccine had been authorized for use at the time.

But the quick pace of vaccinations in January led health experts to question whether the 100 million goal was too low. CDC data showed the country already had surpassed that pace by late January.

Last month, Biden opened his first formal news conference by setting a new goal of administering 200 million COVID vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office.

“I know it’s ambitious, twice our original goal,” he said. “But no other country in the world has even come close. Not even close to what we’re doing. I believe we can do it.”

Biden will reach his 100th day in office next week.

President Joe Biden visits a vaccination site at Virginia Theological Seminary, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Alexandria, Va. Evan Vucci, AP

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