WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adults to get shots by the end of May.
That would be two months earlier than anticipated.
Word of the stepped-up vaccination timeline comes as the administration announced that Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved shot.
With the bolstered supply, Biden says he would use the powers of the federal government to prioritize vaccinating teachers. He also says the federal government would provide the doses directly through its pharmacy program.
He called on states to administer at least one dose of vaccine to all educators by the end of March as part of the efforts to reopen more schools.
Photo: President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, speaks about efforts to combat COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)