The U.S. will have enough COVID-19 vaccines for every American by the end of May, two months earlier than initially expected. While this doesn’t give a definitive answer to the question of when all Americans will be vaccinated, it does paint a promising picture of the future.
In a tweet shared to his 8.4 million followers on March 2, President Biden announced that his initial timetable had been adjusted.
“Three weeks ago, I announced we would have enough vaccine supply for all Americans by the end of July,” Biden’s tweet reads. “Now, with our efforts to ramp up production, we will have enough vaccines for every American by the end of May.”
The new timetable does not mean that all Americans will be vaccinated by then, merely that the country will have enough vaccines to reach every citizen. A number of hurdles still remain in the path of mass inoculation, including vaccine skepticism. A number of Americans, including some healthcare professionals and military members, are wary of the newly-approved coronavirus vaccines and may be hesitant to receive them.
Additionally, a number of states and cities have begun relaxing restrictions as the pandemic surpasses the one-year mark. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the state will lift its mask mandate on March 10, despite the heavy losses Texas has experienced. Since the start of the pandemic, Texas has experienced more than 2.7 million cases and nearly 4,500 deaths.
Biden warned Americans to “stay vigilant” in a Feb. 27 statement. Noting that “this fight is far from over,” he urged Americans to “keep washing your hands, stay socially distanced, and keep wearing masks.” He was careful to avoid overstating the situation the U.S. is currently in but remained optimistic about the country’s prospects.
More than 76 million vaccination doses have been administered thus far. Currently, approximately 1.74 million doses are being administered every day. The U.S. is on track to fulfill Biden’s campaign promise of inoculating 100 million Americans in his first 100 days in office, but Americans will need to remain vigilant if they hope to put the pandemic behind them.
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