Biden hails 'stunning' United States achievement in giving 200 million vaccine doses

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The United States has administered 215,951,909 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Wednesday morning and distributed 277,938,875 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

It is not clear whether Mr Biden would consider sharing more AstraZeneca doses before the USA has enough vaccine.

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.

In a White House speech on Wednesday, Biden will discuss efforts to expand vaccine distribution and access in his first three months in office, and outline his administration's latest plans to motivate more Americans to get shots.

"No working Americans should lose a single dollar from their paycheck because they chose to fulfill their patriotic duty to get vaccinated", Biden said Tuesday.

President Joe Biden on Wednesday said the USA wanted to share coronavirus vaccines with other countries but would not start sending them overseas until it had enough at home.

"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.

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He spoke at an event marking the 200-millionth administered vaccine of his presidency and a "new phase" in which he urged American adults to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

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". The CDC reports that now, 33% of adult Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and just over 50% have received at least one shot.

Biden's remarks also come as Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine continues to be shelved. But with all those 16 and older now eligible for shots, the president is expected to outline his administration's plans to drive up the vaccination rate even further.

"The pace of vaccination isn't linear", Becerra said, adding that "we are on a pretty good pace". "We helped a little bit there, we're going to try to help some more", Biden said, referring to his decision last month to share about 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with Canada. Still, it was generally seen within reach, if optimistic.

By the time Biden was inaugurated on January 20, the US had already administered 20 million shots at a rate of about 1 million per day, bringing complaints at the time that Biden's goal was not ambitious enough.

As the United States this week reached Biden's goal of 200 million shots administered, vaccine supply is starting to outstrip demand in some areas. Biden quickly revised it upward to 150 million doses in his first 100 days.

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