Covid US: 1m vaccinated on day Joe Biden reveals 'war-time' plan

President Joe Biden, flanked by VP Kamala Harris, signed a new executive order on Thursday to speed up vaccine delivery and doubled-down on his plan to hand out one million doses per day

President Joe Biden, flanked by VP Kamala Harris, signed a new executive order on Thursday to speed up vaccine delivery and doubled-down on his plan to hand out one million doses per day

More than one million COVID-19 vaccines were given out in the United States yesterday as Joe Biden - just two days into his presidency - laid out his 'full scale war-time' plan to reach that exact goal.

Biden has been touting for several weeks now how he will aim to have 100 million Americans inoculated within his first 100 days in office.

Yet just one day after his inauguration, the US recorded 1.3 million COVID-19 vaccines.

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The seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19 vaccines being administered is already at 940,000 a day.

It came as Biden signed a new executive order on Thursday to speed up vaccine delivery and doubled-down on his plan to hand out one million doses per day.

He did not address that the administration had already been on that trajectory to boost the number of shots closer to the one million mark. 

Shots per day jumped more than 800,000 in the days before Biden's inauguration.

Biden snapped when questioned whether his 100 million shot goal was ambitious enough, saying: 'When I announced it, you all said it's not possible. Come on, gimme a break man.'

Later, when pressed on the figure at a White House briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended the figure. 

The US recorded 1.3 million COVID-19 vaccines yesterday. The seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19 vaccines being administered is already at 940,000 a day

The US recorded 1.3 million COVID-19 vaccines yesterday. The seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19 vaccines being administered is already at 940,000 a day

She said the administration was provided 36 million doses and pushed out 17 million shots, or about 500,000 per day.

'What we are proposing is to double that to about 1 million shots per day. We have outlined this goal and objective in coordination and consultation with our health and medical experts,' she said.

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Meanwhile, some health experts have said even the 100 million goal may not be sufficient to the challenge.

Currently, the US has handed out 18.4 million vaccine doses of the 37.9 million distributed nationwide.  

So far, 5.6 percent of the US population has been vaccinated. 

Dr Anthony Fauci, who is now Biden's top COVID adviser, has been saying for weeks that the US would soon be giving at least a million vaccinations a day despite the sluggish start. 

Fauci on Thursday said Biden's plan to speed COVID-19 inoculations, including setting up community vaccination centers and involving more local pharmacies, improves on the administration's rollout. 

He added that Biden is deploying the Defense Production Act to help vaccine manufacturers, including Pfizer Inc,

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