WASHINGTON DC: The United States will reach its goal of administering 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccination on Friday.
This would be brought forward weeks before the previous deadlines. It would also allow the United States to provide vaccines to Canada and Mexico.
“I am proud to announce that tomorrow, 58 days into our administration, we will have met our goal,” President Joe Biden said Thursday.
The White House also announced that it would announce new targets for vaccinating Americans, with plans to continue to ensure that the entire United States is vaccinated within ten weeks.
Prior to Biden’s comments, the White House said it was preparing to send 4 million doses of vaccine to Mexico and Canada. This would be the first time America would export vaccines.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that 2.5 million doses would be sent to Mexico and 1.5 million to Canada.
“Our first priority is to vaccinate the American population,” Psaki said. But, he added, “ensuring that our neighbors can contain the virus is a critical step in the mission, it is critical to ending the pandemic.”
In the United States, tens of millions of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been stored in the United States awaiting emergency use. This has sparked a clamor among other nations for the US to distribute vaccines to other countries.
Although the United States does not distribute large numbers of vaccines abroad, Biden ordered U.S. agencies to contribute funding to the COVAX alliance, supported by the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Health, which will provide vaccines to more than 90 low- and middle-income countries.