Biden aims for 100 million vaccinations in first hundred days

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday laid out three goals for the first hundred days of his administration’s COVID-19 response: getting 100 million people vaccinated against the virus, requiring masks where he has authority to and getting kids back in school.

Biden laid out his plan while introducing nominees and appointees who will play a key role in his administration’s response to the pandemic.

“I’m absolutely convinced that in 100 days we can change the course of this disease and change life in America for the better,” Biden said from Wilmington, Del., where he was joined by some of his appointees.

Biden discussed the path ahead in terms of distributing a COVID-19 vaccine, urging Congress to provide more resources to help vaccinate 100 million people by late April.

State and local governments have warned they do not have enough funding needed to run mass vaccination campaigns once a vaccine is widely available.

“Developing a vaccine is only one herculean task. Distributing a vaccine is another herculean task,” he said. “We need Congress to finish the bipartisan work underway now or else millions of Americans will wait months longer for the vaccine.”