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Biden expected to hit 100 million vaccinations goal as early as Thursday

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Conrad Doyle | 19 March, 2021, 09:45

In an update provided Thursday, Biden said that while the number is encouraging, the country still has much work to do before it can declare victory against the virus.

Biden had pledged to deliver 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days in office.

He said that while touring a site with Vice President Kamala Harris, a nurse had said that "each shot was like administering a dose of hope", and that behind those 100 million shots administered are "millions of lives changed when people receive that dose of hope".

"We needed more vaccines, more vaccinators and more places for people to get vaccinated", he said.

Although Major and his elderly fellow German Shepherd companion Champ were sent back to the Biden family residence in DE after the biting incident, the president said this was more to do with the fact that First Lady Jill Biden was going to be away from the White House traveling.

Biden has said that there will be enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May. Press secretary Jen Psaki said the details of the "loan" were still being worked out, but 2.5 million doses would go to Mexico and 1.5 million would be sent to Canada. "Over the next 10 days, we will reach two giant goals: One hundred million shots in people's arms and 100 million checks in people's pockets". Still, it was generally seen within reach, if optimistic. Biden quickly revised it upward to 150 million doses in his first 100 days.

Biden also said this is not a time for relaxation.

While Biden took a victory lap Thursday for the early delivery on his vaccination promise, the Biden administration previously faced criticism early on that they were setting the bar too low, given the United States was already on track to hit the goal when Biden took office on January 20.

More than 113 million coronavirus doses have been administered in the US to date, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccination trend lines point to Biden breaking the 100 million mark on Thursday, with the numbers likely to be confirmed by the CDC over the weekend.

The risk in setting too rosy expectations is that an administration might become defined by its failure to meet them, such as in May 2020, when President Donald Trump said the nation had "prevailed" over the virus. Trump's lax approach and lack of credibility also contributed to poor adherence to public safety rules among the American public.

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