In an acceleration of the original plan — to have everyone vaccinated by the end of July — Biden announced that now there will be enough of the COVID vaccines by the end of May.

Biden invoked the defense act which gave him the federal authority to broker a deal between the two rival pharma companies Merk and Johnson & Johnson to speed up the vaccine process. The manufacturing facilities will now ‘operate 24/7.’ Merk had no luck devising its own vaccine but already has the facilities in place to work with J&J.

As Biden said ‘This is progress.’