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US News Covid-19: enough doses to vaccinate all Americans by the end of the summer, announces the White House

03:50  27 january  2021
03:50  27 january  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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The United States want to order 200 million additional doses of Covid-19 vaccine with the goal of being able to vaccinate the entire American population by the end of the summer, the White House announced on Tuesday.

"We believe that we will soon be able to confirm the purchase of 100 million doses for each of the two vaccines authorized by the Medicines Agency, Pfizer and Moderna", which would add to the 200 million doses already ordered from each company US President Joe Biden said during a White House address.

The additional doses must be delivered in the summer and allow the United States to have "enough doses to fully immunize 300 million Americans by the end of the summer or the beginning of the fall", explained Mr. Biden.

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The new White House tenant presented new measures on Tuesday to speed up vaccine distribution in the country, which experienced delays and logistical problems at the end of Donald Trump's term.

"The vaccination program was in a worse situation than we had anticipated", he threw a spade at his predecessor.

The distribution of vaccines is carried out according to the size of the states, and some have complained of receiving too limited stocks, and not enough syringes or protective equipment for health workers.

To speed up vaccinations, US states should receive 10 million doses per week, against 8.6 million currently, for the next three weeks at least, announced the president.

The Biden government is also committed to providing states with an estimate of the dose distribution over three weeks, compared to only one currently, which will allow local authorities to better organize vaccination campaigns.

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- "War effort" -

"This will allow governors, mayors and local officials to have more certainty in terms of deliveries, so that they can implement their plan to vaccinate as many people as possible", Joe Biden explained.

On Monday, the US president estimated that the United States would move closer to collective immunity from Covid-19 by the summer.

"I am confident in the fact that by the summer we will have come much closer to collective immunity", he declared, while the country is the most affected in the world with more than 25.4 million positive cases and more than 420,000 deaths.

"It's a war effort," he stressed on Tuesday, saying his government's final goal was to "beat the Covid-19".

It will take "months" to vaccinate the whole country and the situation will continue to worsen before improving, he warned, citing a potential death toll of 500,000 at the end of February.

In the meantime, "it is the masks, not the vaccines, which are the best defense", added the president, who is trying to convince the population to protect their faces for 100 days to stem the spread of the coronavirus, in a country which still has many opponents of the mask.

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