President Joe Biden took a cautious victory Friday in his quest to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, announcing that 300 million vaccines have been administered in the 150 days since he took office.
Biden credited scientists, companies, the American people and their efforts across the government. The president noted that the widespread vaccination campaign had set the stage for most Americans to have a relatively normal summer when businesses reopened and employers took over.
“We’re going into a very different summer compared to last year,” the president said. “A bright summer. In prayer, a summer of joy.”
But when Biden marks a milestone, he is in danger of failing to meet another: his goal of having 70% of American adults at least partially vaccinated by the fourth of July, in just over two weeks.
Overall, about 168 million American adults, or 65.1% of the U.S. population aged 18 and over, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Friday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a disease.
The rate of new vaccinations in the United States 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 said its government-wide approach to the vaccination effort has put the virus on hold, which in turn has brought COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths to their lowest levels in more than one year. year. But Biden noted in his remarks that some communities in states with lower vaccination rates are seeing increased cases and hospitalizations.
The administration is in the midst of a month-long blitz to fight vaccine shortages and the lack of urgency that some people feel to receive the blows, particularly 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 its first detection in India.
During an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” he told Americans taking his shots that “you will be protected against this delta variant.”
As part of the administration’s vaccination push, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Atlanta on Friday to visit a COVID-19 vaccination pop-up site at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. he was pastor until his assassination in 1968. The current former pastor is U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock.
Harris also spoke at a COVID-19 vaccination mobilization event at Clark Atlanta University, a historically black school. She told the students that they “have the power to end this pandemic” by giving people information on the multitude of resources, such as free car rides and childcare, that are available to help them get vaccinated.
In Fulton County, Georgia, where Atlanta is located, 49% of residents received at least one stroke. Statewide, it’s 42%, Harris said.
“Vaccination is about building community power,” he said. “Vaccination is about building the power of our country.”
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 where Biden said it would be. months ago.
Biden wants to celebrate Independence Day as a “summer of freedom” from the virus.
Earlier this week, the White House announced plans to welcome first responders, essential workers and service members and their families to South Lawn for a kitchen and to keep fireworks on the National Mall.
More than 1000 guests are expected for what will be one of the biggest events of Biden’s presidency.