Biden Says US Will Have Enough Vaccines for All Adults by End of May

Headline Roundup March 2nd, 2021

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. will have enough coronavirus vaccines for all adults by the end of May, two months sooner than his previous prediction. The revised estimate comes amid accelerated manufacturing efforts around Johnson & Johnson's newly approved single-shot vaccine, which Biden said rival pharmaceutical company Merck is helping produce under the Defense Production Act. The president also described a new initiative to vaccinate more teachers in a push to reopen schools.

The news was covered across the spectrum with similar headlines and narratives, but was featured more prominently by left- and center-rated outlets, some of which highlighted the fact that public reluctance and issues with distribution could cause vaccination efforts to extend into the summer. Sources on all sides also placed the news in the context of the push from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to end pandemic lockdowns and mask mandates in the state. Some right-rated outlets focused specifically on the efforts to vaccinate teachers, and framed Biden's conduct on school reopenings in a negative light.

Biden Says US Will Have Enough Vaccines for All Adults by End of May

From the Right
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President Biden on Tuesday said that the US will now have enough COVID-19 vaccines for every adult “by the end of May” — and that the feds will start a new program aimed at vaccinating all teachers by the end of March.

The ambitious timeline — less than three months away — comes days after US health regulators approved a third vaccine, developed by Johnson & Johnson, which requires a single shot rather than two.

The White House announced Tuesday that it will use the Defense Production Act to help...

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From the Left
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The United States will have enough coronavirus vaccine doses for every adult in the country by the end of May, President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday, as production of a third vaccine is set to ramp up.

During a news conference at the White House, Biden said he had invoked a wartime production law to require pharmaceutical company Merck & Co to help produce a newly approved vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson.

The US already had contracts with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to supply 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses –...

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From the Center
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President Biden on Tuesday said that ramped-up coronavirus vaccine production will provide enough doses for 300 million Americans by the end May.

Why it matters: That's two months sooner than Biden's previous promise of enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of July.

The accelerated timeline also comes on the heels of pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to quickly produce its one-shot COVID-19 vaccine.
J&J's vaccine received its emergency use authorization last Saturday, joining Pfizer and Moderna on the vaccine market.

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