BIDEN SAYS US TO BUY 200 MILLION MORE COVID VACCINE DOSES

The United States will accelerate the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines across the country, President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday, as his administration plans to buy 200 million more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

In remarks at the White House, Biden warned that even with more Americans set to be inoculated “sooner than previously anticipated” due to the additional doses, the pandemic will continue to worsen before it gets better.

“It is going to take months until we can get the majority of Americans vaccinated,” said Biden, who urged people to wear masks in the meantime to prevent the spread of the virus.

The US has recorded the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world at more than 25.4 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data. More than 424,000 coronavirus-related deaths have also been reported across the country.

Biden’s remarks come as his new administration works to get a handle on the scope and scale of the vaccination plan put in place by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.