The White House said Friday that Johnson & Johnson will deliver at least 11 million doses next week, a significant increase to meet the company’s goal of 20 million total doses delivered to the US by the end of March.
It was unclear if the company could hit the 20 million dose target, as Johnson & Johnson experienced uneven manufacturing.
But the White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff ZientsTop Jeff Zients Industry Groups Push Administration for May 1 Roadmap to Reopen International Travel The US is under pressure to share vaccines with the rest of the world. Vaccination Efforts Provide Hope for Summer MORE He said Friday that the company is ready to meet the goal.
“The company has said it will deliver the 20 million by the end of March,” Zients said during a news conference. “And from our discussions with the company, they appear to be on track to meet that goal with at least 11 million doses delivered next week.”
The White House has been working with the company to try to increase its manufacturing. There was a relatively small number of doses, 4 million, available when the vaccine was first licensed in late February.
There was also a lack of supply at the beginning of March, but now the company has significantly increased its production.
“We have done a lot to help J&J,” Zients said. “We are monitoring that very closely.”
Pfizer and Moderna, which have had more consistent manufacturing processes, are also on track to meet their targets by the end of March, Zients said. Pfizer had previously set a goal of 120 million total doses by the end of March, with 100 million for Moderna.
President BidenJoe Biden The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden Changes Filibuster Republican Party Seeks to Squeeze Biden, Democrats on Border Sanders Creates New Tax Headache for Biden MORE on Thursday he raised his target to manage 200 million shots in his first 100 days, and the country is averaging about 2.5 million shots per day, a solid pace.
About half of the states will have opened eligibility to all adults by mid-April, Zients said. Biden has set a goal for all states to open eligibility to all adults by May 1.