The President, Joe Biden, defended the record of his first months in the White House to the press on Thursday. Asked to speak on the problem of immigration at the Mexican border or on that of firearms, the Democratic President recalled that “the most urgent issue facing the American people, the Covid -19 and economic dislocation affecting millions and millions of Americans. “Joe Biden declared the upward review of immunization targets. On December 8, he set a target of 100 million doses administered during the first 100 days of his mandate during the transition period. This objective, considered rather prudent by some observers, was reached on the 58th day, on March 19. Now, the septuagenarian president aims to carry out 200 million injections of ‘by the end of the 100 days, April 20. He also added that he wanted to open the majority of schools at the same time.
2.5 million doses injected daily.
The United States is one of the countries having vaccinated the most, mainly thanks to the use of vaccinodromes. These are organized in huge car parks, in stadiums, or on university campuses. Three vaccines against Covid-19 are currently authorized: those from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna, which requires two doses, and that of Johnson & Johnson, which requires only one. The country has made massive orders that should allow it to secure enough amounts to vaccinate the entire adult population by the end of May or 245 million people. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, 26% of Americans have received at least one Covid vaccine dose, and 14% are fully vaccinated. The daily vaccination rate is also impressive: over the past seven days, an average of 2.5 million daily doses was administered. California even plans to open vaccination to all people over the age of 16 as of April.
A country in mourning.
The pandemic has killed more than 545,000 people in the United States, the world’s highest total recorded. The pandemic’s leading indicators remain worrying: around 50,000 daily infections are recorded as well as a thousand deaths. These data nevertheless seem lenient because of the records reached during the peak in early January, when more than 240,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths were recorded every day. The instructions of the American president impose, in theory, the wearing of the mask in transport and federal buildings. But in fact, the absence of a national policy leads to different health situations according to the States. It is possible to enter stores without a mask or to meet in groups without a maximum gauge in some of them.