States will now receive 13.5 million doses and retail pharmacies will receive double the number of doses, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki. Prior to this announcement, states were receiving around 11 million doses per week.
Since Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20, the new administration has increased the weekly vaccine dose shipment to states by 57 percent. 6,500 retail pharmacies were previously receiving 1 million doses weekly, but will now receive 2 million doses per week with hopes to expand the network to 40,000 pharmacies around the country.
“This program will expand access in neighborhoods across the country so that people can call and make an appointment and get their shot conveniently and quickly,” she said. “This is a critical, critical part of our plan.”
The vaccine campaign has been slow since it started almost 2 months ago with many states complaining that the lack of supply from the federal government was the biggest roadblock. The Biden administration has been opening up new distribution centers where vaccines can be distributed, such as pharmacies, health centers, and federally supported vaccination clinics.
As of Monday, February 15, 2021, the US has administered 54.6 million doses or 78 percent of the supply that has been delivered to states. Furthermore, last week President Biden announced that the US secured an additional 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 100 million of the Moderna vaccine, bringing the US total supply to 600 million doses.
Dr. Anthony Fauci forecasts that the vaccine will be available to any American by May, slightly later than his previous forecast of April. “It may take until June, July and August to finally get everybody vaccinated,” he said on CNN. “So when you hear about how long it’s going to take to get the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated, I don’t think anybody disagrees that that’s going to be well to the end of the summer and we get into the early fall.”