WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden noted Wednesday night that 40,000 pharmacies have helped administer over 220 million COVID-19 vaccinations in his first 100 days in office.
“We’re marshalling every federal resource,” Biden said in an address to a joint session of Congress. “Ninety percent of Americans now live within 5 miles of a vaccination site.”
Nearly seven in 10 seniors are fully protected, he pointed out, saying senior deaths from COVID-19 are down 80% since January and more than half of all American adults have gotten at least one shot.
“Everyone over the age of 16 _ everyone _ is now eligible and can get vaccinated right away,” he said. “So get vaccinated now.”
“There’s still more work to do to beat this virus,” he said. “We can’t let our guard down now. But tonight, I can say because of you — the American people – our progress these past 100 days against one of the worst pandemics in history is one of the greatest logistical achievements our country has ever seen.”
During the speech, Mayank Amin, owner of Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pa., was the virtual guest of Rep. Madeleine Dean (D., Pa.) and “took over” Dean’s Twitter account (@RepDean) for the duration of the address.
Amin and his pharmacy team have gotten a lot of attention for their work vaccinating thousands in their community in the fight against the coronavirus, helped in part by the superhero suit he sometimes wears to vaccination clinics or when making deliveries. He says it’s not to draw attention to himself, but to recognize superheroes like the first responders, his fellow health care workers, and the many volunteers helping people receive care.