The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has asked the Pentagon (above) to step in to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to help meet Biden’s goal of 150 million shots a day
* Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Thursday it had received a request from FEMA to assist with getting shots in the arms of Americans
* He said it is evaluating the request to see what ‘kinds of support it can provide’
* Kirby said that ‘given the significance of the request it will be reviewed urgently but carefully’ to determine what military assets can be safely made available
* The Pentagon did not go into detail on how many troops could be involved
* Kirby said later that it will likely involve a mix of active-duty National Guard and reserve troops performing ‘a variety of coronavirus related tasks’
* White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said the plan is for the Pentagon to provide 10,000 troops and help open up 100 vaccination centers nationwide
* President Biden has vowed to embark on a ‘full scale war-time effort’ to beat the pandemic that has so far killed more than 420,000 Americans
* Biden on Monday upped his COVID-19 vaccination goal to 1.5 million doses every day – equivalent to 150 million in his first 100 days in office
* To date, just 27.3 million doses have been administered nationwide in the more than six weeks since the first American got a shot on December 14
* That said, an average of 1.26 million doses are now being administered per day
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has asked the Pentagon to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine to meet Joe Biden’s goal of 1.5 million shots a day.
The Pentagon’s top spokesman announced Thursday it had received a request to assist with getting shots in the arms of Americans across different parts of the country.
‘The Department of Defense has received a request from FEMA for assistance in administering COVID-19 vaccine at various locations across the country.
Military And Intelligence News Briefs — February 1, 2021