Joe Biden’s biggest poll plank when he was campaigning for the President’s post was that he would help America battle the coronavirus pandemic through his carefully crafted ‘COVID rescue plan’. However, it has not even been a week in the White House, and Biden is starting to lose his marbles by shrugging off reporters in frustration after being asked tough questions about his elementary policy decisions which could put the lives of thousands of common Americans folks in jeopardy.
On Thursday, an Associated Press journalist asked Joe Biden about one of his coronavirus 100-day promises. “You set the goal at 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days — is that high enough? The journalist asked President courteously.
However, President Biden hearing the question seemed miffed, and whilst getting up and trying the leave the question in middle, snapped at the reporter and said “When I announced it you all said it’s not possible. Come on, give me a break, man. It’s a good start, 100 million.”
What Biden doesn’t understand is that ‘100 million’ vaccines might have been a good start when Biden had drafted the COVID policy, last year to win the emotional votes of the Americans but with the current situation and the continuous upsurge in the COVID cases, Biden’s policies seem to be falling flat.
According to NBC News, The US is currently vaccinating 900,000 people per day. Based on this rate, it might take a year—until January 2022—for every American to get at least one shot. The Biden administration has predicted the death toll could reach 500,000 by mid-February and thus the numbers need to be amped up astronomically or the results could be catastrophic.
Alex Azar, former Health and Human Services secretary under President Donald Trump, claimed Mr Biden’s vaccine plan should be doubled or even tripled.
Speaking to Fox News, Azar added, “We (vaccine manufacturers) will have distributed 250 million doses of vaccine by the end of April. If they’ve only done 100 million vaccinations by then, it will be a tragic squandering of the opportunity that we have handed them.”
And with Biden showing no signs of ramping up the vaccination disbursal program, the clock is running for him.
According to data available by John Hopkins University, the US has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths and cases in the world. The two vaccines approved for administration to the general public are Pfizer and Moderna. The US was one of the few first countries to have started the mass vaccination drive but it still hasn’t managed to hit the straps. The Biden administration has started to fumble under pressure — Biden’s non-verbal and verbal body language at the press briefing is an indication.