The Biden administration has acknowledged that it will miss the U.S. president’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of American adults by July 4, calling it an “aspirational goal.”
Jeffrey Zients, Covid-19 White House response coordinator, said 70 percent of Americans over the age of 30 had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. However, he said it would take “a few more weeks” to reach Joe Biden’s goal of distributing at least one jab to 70 percent of all adults by July 4th.
Biden set the target early last month, but the country’s vaccine implementation has slowed after a blistering start as health officials fight back. hesitant hesitation.
“We have succeeded beyond our highest expectations,” Zients said in a press briefing Tuesday. “Instead of just small backyard gatherings, America is preparing for a truly historic July quarter with big parties planned across the country.”
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have already struck at the president’s goal. Among American adults age 18 and older, 65 percent have received at least one dose of vaccination, according to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 150m Americans are completely vaccinated.
After targeting the elderly and essential workers in the first wave of vaccinations, the focus has turned to vaccinating young adults, who Zients said “felt that Covid-19 is not something that impact “. He said “the country has more work to do” to encourage the adoption of vaccines among those aged 18 to 26 years.
The Biden administration now expects that 70 percent of Americans 27 years or older will be vaccinated by the end of the July 4 weekend, Zients said, adding that Biden’s second goal of reaching 160m fully vaccinated adults will be completed “no later than mid-July”.
State officials across the country have set up innovative campaigns to encourage the uptake of vaccines such as the offer of beer and free guns, as well as millions of dollars in lotteries, but the speed of the vaccination program has changed in recent weeks.
The need to inoculate holdouts has taken on a new urgency since the Delta variant, which was first born in India, is spreading in the United States. He has swept throughout the UK and has been accused of growing homes in other parts of the world.
Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned of Delta’s threat to the recovery of the United States and people who are not vaccinated, saying “its transmissibility is unhealthy. greater doubt ”about the original Covid-19 strain and the Alpha variant that was first detected in the UK.