Biden to say US will soon hit 200mln goal on vaccine shots-official

The goal is being achieved more than a week before Biden hits his 100th day in office

  
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan during an event to tout the plan at Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 31, 2021.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan during an event to tout the plan at Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 31, 2021.

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WASHINGTON- President Joe Biden will announce on Wednesday that the United States will reach his 100-day goal of getting 200 million coronavirus vaccine shots in arms this week, a White House official said.

The goal is being achieved more than a week before Biden hits his 100th day in office as his administration accelerates vaccination programs amid a surge of new infections.

His original goal was to have 100 million shots in arms by his 100th day, but that was easily surpassed.

“In today’s remarks, the president will note that the United States will reach over 200 million shots this week," the official said.

Biden is to speak about vaccinations and his team's response to the pandemic at 1:15 p.m. EDT.

(Reporting By Steve Holland Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) ((Steve.a.holland@thomsonreuters.com; www.twitter.com/steveholland1; 202 898 8300; Reuters Messaging: steve.holland.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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