Starting next week, that's an increase of 1.4 million doses per week, he said, adding that these are being distributed to states based on population.
"It's going to take a while for us to feel like we're back to a sense of normalcy", Walensky said during a CNN town hall on the pandemic Wednesday night.
The U.S. on Tuesday implemented a policy requiring worldwide travelers to test negative for COVID-19 before arriving in the U.S. There are no current nationwide restrictions on domestic travel, though the CDC has advised for months that nonessential travel be avoided. Biden has also vowed to get 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in people's arms in the first 100 days of his administration. Pfizer, partnered with BioNTech, and Moderna made the two vaccines authorized in the United States. "After we vaccinate 100 million Americans, we're going to have 200 million more that we're going to need to vaccinate". But supply shortages are slowing down inoculations in parts of the country.
Biden said the decision will increase the government's total vaccine order from 400 million to 600 million doses.
The White House says vaccinating a large portion of the USA population is "going to be hard" and "it is going to take a multifaceted approach and we are open eyed about the challenge". The president has also directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to stand up the first federally supported community vaccination centers.
We are working to make vaccines available to thousands of local pharmacies beginning in early February, a couple of weeks off, and that will enormously expand our reach, he said. More than 26 million cases have been reported across the nation as well as 425,000 related deaths.