Biden Says 100-Day COVID-19 Vaccine Goal May Be Extended

Headline Roundup January 25th, 2021

President Joe Biden said Monday he might raise the 100-day goal of administering 100 million COVID-19 vaccination shots to 150 million. As of Jan. 25, at least 18.5 million people have received one or both doses of the vaccine in the U.S., according to data from the Washington Post. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated more than 40 million vaccines have been distributed, while approximately 22 million have been administered. The CDC also estimated that more than 10 million doses were administered in the first month of the program, but that pace is accelerating in the second month. Biden told reporters that it would take about three weeks to reach the goal of delivering 1 million or more shots per day. Some pointed out that Biden's vaccination goal relies on a daily average of vaccinating 1 million people, a rate that was reached under former President Donald Trump when 1.3 million shots were administered on Jan. 11.

Biden's vaccine goal was covered primarily by left- and center-rated outlets, and received little coverage from the right, though it was covered by Newsmax. Right-rated sources tended to highlight how the goal was already reached by Trump.

Biden Says 100-Day COVID-19 Vaccine Goal May Be Extended

From the Right
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President Biden’s “wartime effort” goal to vaccinate 100 million people against COVID-19 in 100 days relies on a daily average that was repeatedly bested under former President Donald Trump.

Biden’s first full day in office on Thursday saw 1.3 million Americans inoculated against the deadly coronavirus, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News.

But the same figures show that 1.3 million shots were administered on Jan. 11 and that 1.1 million were given both Jan. 14 and 16.

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From the Center
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U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he might be able to raise to 150 million his 100-day goal of administering 100 million vaccination shots for the coronavirus.

Biden told reporters it is likely that 1 million or more shots a day will be delivered in about three weeks.

“If we wear masks between now and the end of April, the experts tell us we may be able to save 50,000 lives,” Biden said.

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From the Left
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Joe Biden on Monday appeared to boost his goal for coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, suggesting that the nation could soon be vaccinating 1.5 million Americans on average per day.

Biden signaled his increasing bullishness on the pace of vaccinations after signing an executive order to boost government purchases from US manufacturers. It was among a flurry of moves by Biden during his first full week to show he’s taking swift action to heal an ailing economy as talks with Congress over a $1.9tn stimulus package...

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