Biden Says U.S. to Reach His Goal of Administering 200 Million COVID-19 Vaccines

Headline Roundup April 21st, 2021

President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the U.S. is set to reach his goal of administering 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is double Biden's initial goal of administering 100 million doses during his first 100 days in office. Biden extended the goal to 200 million after the U.S. met his initial goal of 100 million doses within approximately 60 days in office. Biden, who will reach 100 days in office net week, also announced tax credits for employers who give employees paid leave to get a vaccine dose. The tax credits are meant for employers with fewer than 500 employees, and were a part of the $1.9 trillion economic relief bill passed last month.

Biden also encouraged young people over the age of 18 to sign up to receive the vaccine, days after the administration announced that every American over the age of 16 is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Currently only two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available, while the the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines are paused by the CDC due to rare blood clots.

The story received consistent coverage across the political spectrum; some right-rated outlets claimed Biden sought to take sole credit for achieving his goal without crediting the research and development contributions from former President Donald Trump's administration, while left-rated outlets tended to focus more on Biden's speech.

Biden Says U.S. to Reach His Goal of Administering 200 Million COVID-19 Vaccines

From the Left

President Joe Biden on Wednesday touted the anticipated milestone of the United States administering 200 million coronavirus vaccine shots since he took office and urged businesses to give their employees paid time off to get vaccinated.

As a part of that call for time off to get vaccinated, Biden announced a new tax credit to fully offset the cost for small businesses and nonprofits providing paid leave for employees to get vaccinated.
"As we move into the vaccination campaign focused on working age adults, one concern I've heard from...

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From the Center

President Biden announced Wednesday that Americans have received 200 million COVID-19 vaccinations since he took office, double his initial goal of 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days, and what he called "an incredible achievement for the nation."

Biden, who will officially cross the 100-day mark next week, also announced the availability of tax credits to employers who give their workers paid leave to get a shot.

"No working American should lose a single dollar from their paycheck because they are doing their patriotic duty to get vaccinated," Biden...

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From the Right

President Biden on Wednesday will hail the US passing 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered — as the nation expands eligibility to all Americans over age 16.

According to CDC data, more than 213 million doses were administered as of Wednesday, enough to cover 51 percent of the adult population.

Biden’s remarks around 1:15 p.m. will promote expanding access to reach herd immunity to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

A White House official who briefed select journalists ahead of Biden’s remarks said he will outline how his administration plans to reach...

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