The US needs to do more to help speed the administration of Covid-19 vaccines, Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Joe Biden’s pick for US surgeon general, said Thursday.
“We cannot take a year in order to get to the critical levels of vaccination that we need in this country,” Murthy told CNN. “We’ve got to get there sooner.”
Murthy said the Biden administration is working to address the vaccine rollout issues that jurisdictions have been grappling with. He said the plan includes setting up more vaccination sites, leaning on partnerships with pharmacies and finding people who can help administer vaccines.
“We hear often from both local and state leaders that they're worried about the workforce – that we may not have enough people to actually deliver the vaccine to meet the demand,” he said.
Biden has said his administration will deliver 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office.