White House promises to buy more COVID-19 vaccines

President Biden announced plans to ramp up vaccination efforts in a plan that includes buying an additional 100 million doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
2:46 | 01/27/21

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We turn now to the latest on the coronavirus emergency as the globe surpasses 100 million cases worldwide. January is now the deadliest month for the United States since the beginning of the pandemic. But there is new hope on the vaccine front with 23 million shots administered out of the 44 million distributed so far. The white house promising to by more and Eva pilgrim has more on all of that. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. They're planning to vaccinate 2400 people here today. Take a look at our drone shot. You can see the site, a racetrack next to MetLife stadium. The vaccine shipment arrived yesterday and they are wasting no time getting that vaccine into people's arms. That parking lot that you see with the cars in it, those are people who are here early for their appointments and many more people are expected here today. Help is on the way. President Biden announcing plans to ramp up the vaccine effort. We will increase overall weekly vaccination distributions to state, tribes and territories from 8.6 million doses to a minimum of 10 million doses. Starting next week that's an increase of 1.4 million doses per week. Reporter: The plan includes buying an additional 100 million doses of both the pfizer and modern vaccines bringing the total available doses to 600 million. Enough to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of this summer. The Biden administration also vowing to give local officials a supply forecast so that states can prepare adequately. This is going to help make sure governor, mayors and local leaders have greater certainty around supply so they can carry out their plans to vaccinate as many people as possible. Reporter: Additional vaccines can't come soon enough for millions of frustrated Liz Scott this Arizona is trying to find a second dose appointment for her parents who were over 75 with underlying health conditions. I have looked every day at every location and there is not an appointment available. This is a life-or-death situation. They have compromised immune systems. Reporter: There may be more hope on the horizon. Johnson & Johnson is expecting results on their single shot vaccine as early as next week putting them on schedule for possible emergency use authorization by mid-february. That would add an additional 100 million doses to the U.S. Arsenal by the end of June. And more people trickling here at this site but because of those supply shortages other megasites like Yankee stadium haven't yet been able to open but they are ready to go as soon as the supply comes in, George. Okay, Eva, thanks very much.

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