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Biden confirms new vaccine goal of 200m shots in first 100 days

Biden also confirmed intention to run again in 2024

Joe Biden announced in his first press conference as president that he had doubled his administration’s vaccination target to 200m during his first 100 days in office.

“I know it’s ambitious, twice our original goal, but no other country in the world has even come close to what we are doing,” Biden said.

In December Biden announced a goal of 100m jabs which he surpassed earlier in March prior to his 60th day in the Oval Office.

The new target equates to a continuation of America’s current rate – 2.5m per day – of vaccinations up until the end of next month.

Biden also confirmed that $10bn (£7.2bn) would be allocated to expanding access to vaccinations for higher-risk communities.

Over 545,000 Americans have died since the beginning of the pandemic with more than 30m Americans catching the disease at some point.

The federal government has struck a deal with Johnson & Johnson for the delivery of 200m doses, with the first 100m expected before the end of June.

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