Biden to push for increased supply of vaccines

US President-elect Joe Biden says he will seek cooperation from the private sector and others in an aggressive effort to ensure that more Americans can be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Biden was speaking in his home state of Delaware on Tuesday on measures to fight the pandemic.

The United States began administering vaccines in mid-December. Biden said they will need to ramp up to five or six times the current pace. He pledged to have 100 million shots administered within the first 100 days after he takes office on January 20.

Biden said he plans to use his power under the Defense Production Act to order private industry to accelerate the manufacture of materials needed for the vaccines.

Biden also said his team will launch a massive public education campaign to increase vaccine acceptance.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her vaccination earlier in the day. The event was televised in an effort to boost confidence in the inoculations.

More than 330,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus infections. Experts have expressed concern that holiday travel and gatherings could cause the virus to spread further.

Health authorities in the western state of Colorado on Tuesday confirmed a case of the coronavirus variant spreading in Britain, the first known case in the US.

They say the infected man in his 20s is a resident of Colorado and has not traveled. He is under quarantine while authorities check whether anyone had close contact with him.