US President Joe Biden on Friday hailed his administration's pandemic response and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, 150 days since the start of his presidency, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.
At the start of his speech at the White House, he repeated his opening line: "Today we have reached 300 million shots in arms in 150 days."
Biden called it "an important milestone that didn't happen by chance."
He did not mention that it appears his initial goal of 70% of Americans with at least one shot of the vaccine by July 4, America's Independence Day, will be missed.
But 65% of Americans have gotten at least one shot, Biden said, through his administration's "war-time" response to the pandemic, building a "whole of government" response.
"Together," he said, "we built an unparalleled vaccination program," with over 80,000 vaccination sites around the nation. He also said his administration was in a position to offer half a billion vaccine doses to impoverished nations around the world.
Fifteen US states and the District of Columbia, Biden said, are now at 70% vaccination rates for their populations. He said that cases and death counts are down to levels not seen since the start of the pandemic.