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The company expects to double its roll-out of coronavirus vaccines to 10 million a week over the next two weeks, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said, as US President Joe Biden pledged sufficient doses to immunise all Americans by July.”In [the] next couple weeks, supply will increase from 5 million to 10 million doses per week,” Bourla told a briefing at the drug maker’s Kalamazoo, Michigan plant that Biden toured on Friday.
Biden, speaking to the media and other visitors to the plant, said his administration was on track to vaccinate 100 million Americans in its first 100 days and to distribute 600 million doses by July 29 as well.
“The United States will have enough vaccine for the public by end of July,” Biden said.
Earlier on Friday, Director Rochelle Walensky of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the U.S. has vaccinated 41 million Americans since December 14, and there was no reason to worry except for a few who experienced some common after-effects.
White House coronavirus response consultant Andy Slavitt said that due to bad weather this week, the United States was experiencing a backlog in the delivery of 6 million coronavirus vaccines.
The 6 million doses represent a delayed shipping of about three days. But 1,4 million doses are already in transit. We anticipate that next week all backlogged doses will be delivered, with most delivered within the next few days. We’ll be able to catch up,’ added Slavitt.