Joe Biden has vowed to ensure that vaccines will be made “available” to “every single American” who wants one across the US before the end of July.
“By the end of July this year,” he said, adding: “We came into office, there was only 50 million doses available.”
“We have now, by the end of July we’ll have over 600 million doses, enough to vaccinate every single American,” Mr Biden said.
Mr Cooper clarified whether the president meant that vaccines will be “available” or “that people will have been able to actually get them.”
Mr Biden clarified that he meant the doses would “be available” by the end of July.
More than 27.8 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus across the US since the pandemic gripped the country, leading to the deaths of over 488,000.
Case numbers have dropped across the country in recent weeks, but the spread of the more transmissible UK variant, which has been detected in 42 states, raises questions about how the pandemic will continue to unfold.
“We thought they had indicated there was a lot more vaccine available. And [that] didn’t turn out to be the case. So that’s why we’ve ramped up every way we can,” he said in his first TV interview as president.
The vaccination effort across the country has initially kicked off to a slower start than expected amid issues with distribution and supply.
The US Senate passed a budget resolution on 5 February in a step that sets up the path for Democrats to pass Mr Biden’s sweeping $1.9trn Covid-19 relief package.
The funding includes $400bn to directly combat coronavirus, accelerate vaccinations, and reopen closed schools.