“Things are going to continue to get worse before they get better,” Biden frankly stated during the White House press conference on Thursday. “We didn’t get into this mess overnight and it’s going to take months for us to turn things around.”
He noted that case and death numbers are going to continue to rise until the new efforts begin to have an effect, estimating that the US’ COVID-19 death toll will pass 500,000 in the next month.
However, Biden had a message: “help is on the way,” holding up a 198-page guide to his administration’s COVID-19 response plan.
He said a major goal of his first 100 days in office is to get 100 million Americans vaccinated. “We will move heaven and earth” to do so, he said. The US population is 328 million.
Biden said he is directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to start standing up the first federally-supported community vaccination centers, with the goal of standing up 100 such centers in the next month. He also said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would launch a federal pharmacy program to send COVID-19 vaccines to local pharmacies by February 8, and that the Department of Health and Human Services would begin expanding the pool of medical professionals who can administer the vaccine in order to meet the nation’s needs.
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