President-elect Joe Biden has announced he will direct FEMA and the National Guard to build coronavirus vaccine clinics across the United States in order to make vaccinations more widely available faster.
The Biden administration will also “quickly jumpstart” efforts to make the vaccines available at local pharmacies across the U.S., which should ensure that Americans have access to doses at facilities only miles from their home, according to the plan.
“Here’s the deal: The more people we vaccinate, the faster we do it, the sooner we can save lives and put this pandemic behind us and get back to our lives and loved ones,” Biden said at a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday night. “We won’t get out of it overnight and we can’t do it as a separated nation.”
The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine has been much slower than anticipated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of this morning more than 31.1 million doses of vaccine had been distributed across the U.S. Of that, just over 12.2 million vaccinations have been administered.
At this writing, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reports there have been 23,478,669 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and 391,279 deaths related to the virus.
BREAKING: Biden to deploy FEMA, National Guard to set up Covid vaccine clinics across the U.S. https://t.co/I2mjs974Oo
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) January 15, 2021
My administration will move Heaven and Earth to:
– Allow more people to get vaccinated
– Create more places for them to get vaccinated
– Mobilize more medical teams to get shots in arms
– Increase vaccine supply and get it out the door as soon as possible
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 15, 2021
Americans have had to wait far too long for help.
Finally, it’s on the way. https://t.co/ZmmM7gKjWX
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 15, 2021
Two presidencies today
Biden: “Here’s my plan for getting the Covid vaccine distributed quickly and rebuilding the economy.”
Trump: “I’m conferring with a pillow salesman about imposing martial law.”
— Seth Masket (@smotus) January 15, 2021