President-elect Joe Biden unveiled what he considered a “bold” plan to meet his goal of 100 million coronavirus vaccinations by the end of his initial 100 days in the White House.
Biden took aim at the lagging efforts by the Trump administration, saying that “the vaccine rollout in the United States has been a dismal failure so far.”
The Trump administration aimed to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of December. However, based on the new figures released by the CDC, only 10.6 million individuals have received the vaccine.
Biden vowed that his incoming administration would spare “no effort to get Americans vaccinated.”
“Our plan is as clear as it is bold,” Biden declared. “Get more people vaccinated for free. Create more places for them to get vaccinated. Mobilize more medical teams to get the shots in people’s arms. Increase supply and get it out the door as soon as possible.”
“We will immediately work with states to open up vaccinations to more priority groups,” Biden added, arguing that “the implementation has been too rigid and confusing.”
He vowed to “fix the problem by encouraging states to allow more people to get vaccinated beyond health care workers and move through those groups as quickly as they think we can. That includes anyone 65 years or older, a population that has accounted for over 80% of the deaths to date.”
Meanwhile, while pointing to Black, Latino, and Native American communities’ hesitancy to trust the vaccine, Biden said his “administration would launch a massive public education campaign” to rebuild trust.
“Equity is central to our COVID response,” he said.