U.S. President Joe Biden wants to vaccinate 70 percent of Americans against COVID-19 for “summer of freedom.”
U.S. President Joe Biden has announced a one-month effort to achieve this 70 percent of Americans vaccinated on July 4, the nation’s independence day.
Speaking for a press conference on Wednesday at the White House, Biden said his administration would work with local governments, the private sector and the U.S. population to “do all the fringes” to achieve that goal.
“The United States is heading for a dramatically different summer from last summer,” Biden said.
“A summer of freedom, a summer of joy, a summer of meetings and celebrations, a totally American summer that this country deserves after a long, long, dark winter that we have all suffered.”
Although nearly 52 percent of the U.S. adult population is already fully vaccinated, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, the U.S. president urged adults under the age of 40 to be vaccinated in greater numbers.
More than 59,000 people have died from coronavirus in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
In order to encourage more people to get vaccinated, Biden said during the month of June that vaccination sites, such as pharmacies, offer extended-hour laundry, offering childcare services to parents and Uber and Lyft would provide free travel to and from appointments.
“It’s easier than ever to get vaccinated,” he said, adding that the government would partner with hairdressers and hairdressers to reach communities of color as well.
“Local barbers, stylists, become key advocates for vaccinations in their communities, providing information to clients, booking appointments for them, even using their own businesses as vaccination sites,” Biden said. .
Biden said COVID-19 cases, as well as coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths, are declining significantly thanks to the vaccination effort. Twelve U.S. states have already reached the 70% target, he added, and several more are expected to reach that mark by the end of this week.
Biden returned to office in January with a commitment to do more to end the COVID-19 pandemic than his predecessor Donald Trump, who was criticized for minimizing threats to the disease and not doing enough to contain it.
Biden also said Wednesday that Vice President Kamala Harris, her husband Doug Emhoff, as well as First Lady Jill Biden would travel around the country on a “national vaccination tour.”
“We need everyone across the country to come together to get us done,” he said. “I promise we can do this.”