Biden Plans for 100 Million Vaccinations in 100 Days
Biden Plans for 100 Million Vaccinations in 100 Days
January 26, 2021 by eMedEvents

New U.S. President Joe Biden, and his administration have informed the public of their goal to provide 100 million covid-19 vaccinations in his first 100 days in office. This was first reported during a December 8th news conference. The Biden administration, when first pressed on how realistic this goal was, claimed the president-elect meant 50 million people would get their two-dose regimen. The administration has since renovated this plan, saying as soon as vaccine doses are made available, they will be released.

Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of immunization, believes the president's goal is within reach saying “I think it’s an attainable goal. I think it’s going to be extremely challenging.”

Compared to the Biden administration, the Trump administration vaccine deployment had been much slower. According to the vaccine tracker used by the CDC, the rollout began more than a month ago, on Dec. 14. Since then, 12 million shots have been given and 31 million doses have been shipped out.

States are still unsure as to how many vaccines they’ll be supplied with, says Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, which represents state public health agencies.

“We have been given little information about the number of vaccines the states will receive in the near future and are of the impression that there may not be 1 million doses available per day in the first 100 days of the Biden administration, or at least not in the early stages of the 100 days” said Plescia.

Lack of funding has become another major challenge. Vaccination campaigns from Public health departments have begun, while operating testing centers must deal with budgets that have been critically underfunded for years.

In December, a new COVID-19 stimulus bill was signed, which should allocate nearly $9 billion to the CDC for vaccination efforts. Over half of that reported sum (About $4.5 billion) is supposed to be allocated to states, and territories, and the rest ($3 billion) is scheduled to arrive later in the year. Unfortunately, what remains unclear is how much funding can sustain mass vaccination campaigns as the demand becomes greater and more groups become eligible for vaccinations.

Included in Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan to address the struggling economy and slow the spread of COVID, is $160 billion in funding to create testing programs, and national vaccinations.

Priority status, and lack of guidance/instruction, have been some of the key issues states have voiced their frustration over. Keeping the states calm, unified, and complacent will be one of the top priorities the Biden administration will need to address.

Most disagreements between state governments and leaders stem from questions on why some states/groups should receive vaccination priorities over others. “On Dec. 3, the CDC recommended health care personnel, residents of long-term care facilities, those 75 and older, and front-line essential workers should be immunized first. But on Jan. 12, the CDC shifted course and recommended that everyone over age 65 should be immunized”. Biden confirmed in a recent interview that he would take the CDC’s recommendations and deliver vaccinations to those over the age of 65 first.

Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar also said on Jan. 12 that states that moved their vaccine supply fastest would be prioritized in getting more shipments. Critics have claimed that this course of action would make vaccine distribution less equitable.

One of the final challenges Biden will be facing during this pandemic, will be managing unrealistic expectations, associated with the mindset that vaccine production means the end of the pandemic. With vaccine distributions being distributed over a month ago, the situation still looks as dire as ever. COVID-19 cases across the country are still receiving a record high number of infections, and in many hospitals Healthcare professionals are struggling to control the spread. In a call to action to ramp up efforts in diagnosing and identifying COVID-19 victims, Biden has promised to establish a national pandemic testing board, in an effort to increase testing throughout the states.  

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