President Joe Biden has announced that his administration has distributed 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in just 58 days — beating its initial goal of 100 shots in 100 days by a wide margin.
"Before President Biden took office, he set a goal of administering 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in his first 100 days, which meant increasing vaccine supply and then turning vaccines into vaccinations," reads a celebratory tweet by the White House COVID-19 Response Team. "Today, on his 58th day in office, we have reached that goal."
The country is doling out doses of the vaccine at a record pace. During a Thursday speech, Biden claimed that the US is now distributing on average 2.5 million shots per day.
Most of those are still going into the arms of seniors. According to Biden, 36 percent of those over the age of 65 are now fully vaccinated, a significant milestone considering the bulk of hospitalizations and deaths occur in those higher age groups.
"These milestones are significant accomplishments, but we have much more to do, much more to do," Biden said. "The American rescue plan will help us do it."
The president also cautioned that the war on the virus isn't over yet, especially with highly transmissible variants of the coronavirus looming on the horizon.
"Wash your hands and stay socially distanced, and keep masking up as recommended by the CDC, and get vaccinated when it's your turn," he said. "Now is not the time to let down our guard."
On Friday, Biden told reporters that the country could reach 200 million doses by his 100th day in office, according to the Associated Press.
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