In December, then President-elect Joe Biden set a goal of getting 100 million people vaccinated against Covid-19 in the first 100 days of his presidency. At this rate, it looks like US will hit that mark on Friday, which is day 58.
“These milestones are significant accomplishments, but we have much more to do,” Biden said Thursday. “That’s just the floor. We will not stop until we beat this pandemic.”
The country still has a long way to go, but the vaccine rollout is looking a lot less chaotic.
As of Thursday, about 12.3% of people are fully vaccinated in the US. That’s a long way from herd immunity, where enough people have been vaccinated or had the disease to have immunity, if herd immunity is even achievable.
“I think we should be careful about wedding ourselves to this concept of herd immunity because we really do not know precisely, for this particular virus, what that is,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a Senate hearing Thursday.
“We should just be concerned about getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as we possibly can,” Fauci said Monday.