Biden announces 200 million vaccine dose goal being met early

Joe Biden to offer tax credits for COVID-19 vaccination paid time offPremiumFILE

Joe Biden to offer tax credits for COVID-19 vaccination paid time offPremiumFILE

Biden also plans to announce Wednesday that the United States will surpass 200 million vaccination shots this week, the White House officials said, a target he had set out to meet by the end of April.

With roughly 28 million vaccine doses being delivered each week, demand has eclipsed supply as the constraining factor to vaccinations in much of the country.

In a statement, the White House said that the Biden administration was launching a tax credit for businesses and non-profits with less than 500 employees.

The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, as well as Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

"Today, we hit 200 million shots".

Biden pledged in a news conference in late March that the US would administer 200 million coronavirus vaccine shots by the end of April - doubling a prior goal of 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office.

Short of mandates, however, Biden administration officials said they had examined research showing employers have outsize influence in reaching the remaining unvaccinated population.

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He added: "As a Senator, an Ambassador, a Vice President, and a candidate for President, he lived and spread those values". Vice President Kamala Harris also thanked Mondale for his service. "I will miss him dearly".

So Biden said, "I'm calling on every employer, large and small, in every state to give employees the time off they need, with pay, to get vaccinated".

"We do feel confident that if the public sees other people getting vaccinated, including in their workplace, including their employer, people that they know, and hear from local experts, that they will do their homework and make the decision more and more likely to get vaccinated", an administration official said when asked if the effort was created to reach skeptical conservatives.

In Iowa, almost half of the counties are not accepting new doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the state's allotment because demand has fallen off. "Now's the time for everyone over 16 years of age to get vaccinated".

But COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of Americans daily and many Americans have shown a reluctance to get vaccinated.

Asked about the dip in vaccinations, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said "fluctuation is not uncommon" and that "what we want to do is continue to encourage Americans to get vaccinated". "We're going to try and help some more", he said. The paid time off effort is aimed at addressing those concerns. A third of US adults are fully vaccinated, as well as 26% of the population overall, it said. Still, it was generally seen within reach, if optimistic.

"It's in process, we don't have enough confidence to send overseas now, but I expect we're gonna be able to", Biden said.

Biden came into office on 20 January initially vowing to get 100 million shots administered in his first 100 days.

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