Wednesday, 3 Mar 2021

Coronavirus BREAKTHROUGH: Joe Biden pledges 100 million vaccines in first 100 days

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The president-elect takes over from Donald Trump on January 20 although the incumbent has yet to formally concede. In total the United States has recorded more than 15 million Covid-19 cases and 285,000 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University.

Both figures are significantly above those experienced by any other country.

On Tuesday the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved by a report and now just needs formal regulatory approval.

It started being administered in Britain, the first country to back it, on the same day.

Mr Biden referenced the coronavirus crisis during a press conference in Delaware.

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He said: “My first 100 days won’t end the Covid-19 virus.

“I can’t promise that. But we did not get into this mess quickly.

“We’re not going to get out of it quickly.”

Mr Biden added in his first “100 days we can change the course of the disease and change life in America for the better”.

However, he claimed progress could “slow and stall” unless Congress backs additional financial support.

During the press conference Mr Biden unveiled some of his administrations most senior public health officials.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will serve as health secretary whilst Rochelle Walensky will head up the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr Anthony Fauci, who has clashed repeatedly with President Trump, will become Mr Biden’s chief medical advisor.

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According to the BBC the current administration is hoping to vaccinate 24 million Americans by mid-January.

This has been assisted by Operation Warp Speed, a public-private initiative to promote vaccine development.

Speaking on Tuesday President Trump said: “They say it’s somewhat of a miracle and I think that’s true.

“Every American who wants the vaccine will be able to get the vaccine and we think by spring we’re going to be in a position nobody would have believed possible just a few months ago.”

A report by US regulators published on Tuesday concluded the Pfizer vaccine is safe and 95 percent effective.

On Thursday the Food and Drug Administration will meet to decide whether to authorise it for emergency use.

The UK began its vaccine programme on Tuesday.

Margaret Keenan, aged 90, became the first member of the public to be given the vaccine.

The grandmother described it as the “best early birthday present”.

Currently those aged over-80 and health workers are being prioritised.

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