Joe Biden is providing some optimism for Americans who are looking to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the President of the United States, the country will have enough COVID vaccines available for every adult by the “end of May” as we attempt to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.
Biden had previously targeted the end of July for widespread vaccine availability.
“We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May,” Biden said from the White House on Tuesday, March 2, according to the New York Post.
“I’m pleased to announce today as a consequence of the stepped up process that I’ve ordered and just outlined, this country will have enough vaccine supply, I’ll say it again, for every adult in America by the end of May.”
As vaccines become more widely available, Biden says the country will prioritize educators and childcare workers.
“We want every educator, school staff member [and] childcare worker to receive at least one shot by the end of the month of March,” Biden noted.
“Starting next week and for a month, the month of March, we’ll be using our federal pharmacy program to prioritize the vaccination of pre-K-12 educators and staff and childcare workers. Throughout March, they will be able to sign up for an appointment at a pharmacy near them. I want to be very clear, not every educator will be able to get their appointment in the first week, but our goal is to do everything we can to help every educator receive a shot this month, the month of March.”
The news comes after the FDA’s emergency authorization for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which is the first single-dose vaccine on the market.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine joins Pfizer and Moderna, though the later two vaccines require two doses.