United States to achieve 200 million vaccine doses target soon: White House

Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are prepared at a rural vaccination site in Columbus New Mexico. Reuters

"No working American should lose a single dollar from their paycheck because they chose to fulfill their patriotic duty of getting vaccinated", the president said.

Biden's remarks also come as Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine continues to be shelved.

The White House is trying to overcome diminishing demand for COVID-19 shots by offering businesses a tax incentive to give employees paid leave to get vaccinated.

The president plans to tout a tax credit that arises from his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief law, which will reimburse businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees for up to $511 per day of paid vaccination leave offered between April 1 and September 30, to a maximum of 10 work days. In Arizona, a plan collapsed that would have opened a federally run vaccine site in Tucson; demand is slipping and county officials preferred more targeted, mobile locations.

The approach is wise, experts said, because some of the workers most at risk of coronavirus exposure may be reluctant to get vaccinated if it means sacrificing limited time off.

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"The pace of vaccination isn't linear", Becerra said, adding that "we are on a pretty good pace". The U.S.is on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult by the end of May and for every American by July, but administering the shots will be another matter.

Mr Biden said he spoke on Wednesday to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and indicated that another loan might be coming, but there could be delays.

Over the weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci - Biden's top medical adviser - said in an interview that he believes that use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be lifted sometime this week. "But no other country in the world has even come close - not even close - to what we are doing". "But it's in process". Even without the supply of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine, which is undergoing a safety review, the USA has been shipping out more doses than are being used in recent weeks, a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday.

"We don't have enough to be confident to send it overseas now but I expect we're going to be able to do that".

After weeks of steady increases in vaccination, the average daily number of reported shots in arms slowed significantly over the past week, with an 11 percent drop in daily shots administered nationally, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the time the USA was well on pace to meet the higher target, and the pace of vaccinations has only accelerated, to about 3 million shots per day. Still, it was generally seen within reach, if optimistic. Biden quickly revised it upward to 150 million doses in his first 100 days.

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