President-elect Joe Biden received his second COVID-19 vaccine jab on Monday and said he was confident he’d deliver on his sweeping mandate to vaccinate 50 million Americans in his first 100 days in office.
“My number one priority is getting vaccine into people’s arms like we just did today as rapidly as we can,” Biden said at ChristianaCare in Newark, Delaware, wearing an informal black Ralph Lauren polo shirt.
“Three- to four-thousand people dying a day is just beyond the pale. It’s just wrong. We can do a lot to change it. It’s going to be hard, it’s not going to be easy, but we can get it done,” he said of the daily death count.
Biden’s remarks come as the nation’s vaccination rate falls short. So far, 25 million doses of the miracle drug have been distributed but only 8.9 million have made it into the arms of Americans.
The rollout in hard-hit states like New York has been botched by infighting between officials who have been under increasing pressure to expand who is eligible as the Empire State’s elderly, teachers and cops continue an agonizing, and dangerous, wait.
Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden received their first shots in December in a public event designed to ease concerns about the newly-approved vaccine and offered rare praise to President Trump.
“I think that the administration deserves some credit getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed,” Biden said.
President-elect Joe Biden receives his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.AP
The commander in chief is yet to receive the vaccine after contracting the respiratory drug in October.
Trump was hospitalized for four days for COVID-19 treatment including experimental polyclonal antibodies.
Individuals who receive that particular treatment should not be vaccinated for at least 90 days to avoid any potential interference, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory board.