- The next few months most challenging for U.S.: Joe Biden on vaccine administration
- If vaccination continues at the current rate, it will take years to vaccinate U.S. citizens: Joe Biden
- Vaccine administration program in U.S. could define Joe Biden‘s presidential term
He has just won one of the most controversial and challenging Presidential elections ever. Now three weeks away from taking office, U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden faces the biggest challenge of them all – Vaccine Administration in the U.S.
US facing greatest operational challenge
Joe Biden has called the U.S. vaccination exercise as the greatest operational challenge that the U.S. has ever faced. The 78-old democrat offered a bleak assessment of his predecessor’s performance on vaccination program and kept the expectations realistic.
“The next few months would be a very tough period for our nation and it’s going to take all the grit and determination we have as Americans to get it done,” said Joe Biden as he slammed the current pace of vaccination. Biden believes that it will take years and not months to vaccinate Americans if the vaccination continues at the current rate under the Trump Administration.
Joe Biden intends to invoke the Defense Production Act to boost production of COVID vaccines. The Korean-war era law allows the president to force firms to prioritise manufacturing for national security. This has already been used over 15 times by Trump administration.
Top priority: Effective, rapid mass vaccination
Biden confirmed that he has directed his team to prepare for an aggressive vaccine administration program and has already vowed to procure 100 Million vaccine shots within the first 100 days in office.
Biden‘s assessment of the rate of vaccination is similar to that of Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr Fauci recently said that the vaccination numbers at the end of December are nowhere near the targetted figure.
Vaccine procurement In U.S.
So far, the U.S. has secured commitments to procure vaccines for 200 million people. Moderna will provide the U.S. with 200 million doses in two instalments, one at the end of March and another at the end of June. Similarly, Pfizer has also committed to providing 200 million doses.
If 2020 has been a year of virus fears, lost lives and lockdowns, 2021 could be one of the vaccination programs, revival and saved lives. And that precisely is what the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will be hoping for.
With over 3.3 lakh people dead in the country due to COVID, the highest number of cases, economic disruption, fear, partisan politics, Biden‘s tenure comes at perhaps the most challenging time in modern U.S. political history. Effective vaccination will define the tenure and if Biden manages to oversee effective mass vaccination, that would count as an even bigger victory than the U.S. presidential elections in his long career in public life.