President Joe Biden marks another milestone in his quest to control the COVID-19 pandemic and help Americans return to a more normal way of life.
Biden will announce that 300 million shots of COVID-19 have been administered in the 150 days since he took office on Jan. 20, the White House said as it previewed the president’s latest coronavirus update in the northern town. American, scheduled for Friday afternoon.
But as Biden sets a new milestone, he runs the risk of failing to meet another: his goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans at least partially on July 4, in just over two weeks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 305 million dose of vaccine it had been administered as of June 1st. Overall, approximately 172.4 million people, or 51.9 percent of the total U.S. population, have received at least one dose of vaccine, according to the CDC.
About 141.6 million people, or 42.6% of the U.S. population, have been completely vaccinated.
The pace of new vaccinations in the United States has dropped significantly from a high of nearly 2 million a day about two months ago, jeopardizing Biden’s ability to reach 70%.
The White House, anticipating Biden’s remarks, says its government-wide approach to the vaccination effort has put the virus on hold, which in turn has led to COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. at the lowest levels in over a year.
The administration is in the midst of saving a month to fight vaccine hesitation and the lack of urgency that some people feel to receive the shots, especially in the south and midwest.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky said Friday that she expects the delta variant of the coronavirus to become the dominant strain in the United States. This strain has become dominant in Britain after it was first detected in India.
During an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” he said the vaccines worked and told Americans receiving their shots “you’ll be protected from this delta variant.”
As part of the administration’s vaccination drive, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Atlanta on Friday to tour an emerging COVID-19 vaccination site at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor until his assassination in 1968. The current senior pastor is U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock.
Harris also plans to speak at a COVID-19 vaccination mobilization event at Clark University Atlanta, a historically black school.
The Biden administration insists that even if the 70% vaccination target is not met, it will have little effect on the overall U.S. recovery, which is already ahead of what Biden said it would be months ago.
Biden wants to celebrate July 4 as a “summer of freedom” against the virus.
Earlier this week, the White House announced plans to host lifeguards, essential workers and members of the military service and their families on the southern lawn for a kitchen and watch the National Mall fireworks.
More than 1,000 guests are expected for what will be one of the most important events of the Biden presidency.
© 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Citation: Biden will announce 300 million COVID-19 shots donated in 150 days (2021, June 18) retrieved June 18, 2021 at https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-06-biden-300m-covid-shots -days.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair treatment for the purposes of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without written permission. Content is provided for informational purposes only.