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Biden ups COVID vaccine target: 200M shots by 100th day of his presidency

The U.S. passed 100 million doses last week.
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After overseeing a rapid ramping up of America's vaccination program, President Joe Biden has announced a new target for the nation: 200 million shots by his 100th day in office.

The president had previously pledged 100 million shots within his first 100 days, but that figure was achieved last week on his 58th day in office.

At his first press conference since taking office, President Biden said the goal was now 200 million shots is the goal by his 100th day on Apr. 30.

The figure is within reach given that as of Wednesday, more than 130 million shots had been administered – with 85 million people having received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and 46 million having been fully vaccinated with 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The U.S. is currently administering 2.5 million doses a day, and if that rate were to continue, CNBC notes the 200 million mark will be reached by Apr. 23, a week before Biden's 100th day.

Another of Biden's "First 100 Days" pledges – having the majority of K-8 schools being open full-time for in-person learning – is still yet to be reached. He said on Thursday that nearly half are at that point, but "we're really close" to a majority.

A majority of Minnesota's schools started offering in-person learning in early March, but there has subsequently been a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases among those aged 10-14, as reported by the Star Tribune Thursday.

In Minnesota, 1,475,310 people have received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while a further 878,469 have completed their vaccination series, with Gov. Tim Walz announcing that due to increased supply from the federal government, the state's available doses are expected to double in the coming weeks.

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