Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CBS Sunday that it’s “not the case” that President Joe Biden has deliberately set expectations low by saying that he has a goal of giving 100 million coronavirus vaccine doses his first 100 days in office.
The US had almost reached that pace before Biden took office. According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Saturday, more than 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine had been administered, which represents a 1.5 million increase from the total reported the day before.
When looking back at what was done in the first 38 days of vaccine administration under the Trump administration, Fauci said that he believed that maybe two of the days had reached the benchmark of one million shots a day and the average during that period was roughly 450,000 per day.
“This is hard,” he said. “Now what we’ve got to realize that, although more recently there have been a couple of days were you’ve had a million, that has been predominantly in areas that are relatively easy from the standpoint of getting it done,” for example nursing homes and hospital settings.
Fauci said that he thinks the goal was reasonable, and that “we always want to do better than the goal you set, but it is really a floor and not a ceiling.”