President Biden Says US Will Have Enough COVID Vaccines for Everyone by May
This is much sooner than the previous estimate of July. The recent approval of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine has moved the timeline up significantly. Furthermore, today it was announced that Merck is partnering to help produce Johnson and Johnson's vaccine. However, Biden's timeline does not mean all Americans will be vaccinated by the end of May, administering the vaccine will take longer.
"Two of the largest health care and pharmaceutical companies in the world that are usually competitors are working together on the vaccine," President Biden said. Furthermore, he stated that he hopes vaccines will go to teachers, childcare workers, and school staff. It was reported that the administration was "in close coordination with states across the country and expect that they will act quickly to implement this action."
When asked about when he thinks the US will be back to "normal," President Biden avoided a direct answer but stated that he thinks sometime next year. Yesterday, Johnson & Johnson started to ship 4 million doses of its vaccine. This is far less than the 10 million doses it promised to have ready by the end of February. The company has plans to deliver 20 million doses by the end of March and 100 million by the end of June.
Johnson & Johnson's vaccine has been shown to provide 85 percent protection against COVID-19 28 days after vaccination. Furthermore, the vaccine is one-dose and does not require low temperatures to be stored.
On Monday, Johnson and Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky said: "that's 100 million people by the end of June can have one shot and be done. And so, we think that the convenience, the ease of logistics that's going to represent is significant, not only for our country but for people around the world."