President Joe Biden has announced a goal to vaccinate at least one COVID-19 shot and 160 million adults fully on the July 4 Independence Day holiday.
He added on Tuesday that the United States would send a 10 percent dose of its Astrageneca vaccine to Canada, Mexico and another unnamed nation, with whom he is talking, by July 4.
The president, who has made the fight against coronavirus a top priority of his administration, Earlier, it was announced on July 4 The goal is for Americans to gather in small groups to return to normalcy during the epidemic.
Biden began by addressing the success of his administration: “More than 100 million Americans have been fully vaccinated; 70 percent of seniors are now fully vaccinated. It was a dramatic change, where we were in January, when less than 2 percent of adults and less than 1 percent of adults were fully vaccinated. “
The president noted that “many adults have not been vaccinated because they find it too confusing or too difficult or too inconvenient to take shots.” The administration has created a website at Vaccine.gov to help those who are having trouble finding the vaccination site.
Biden added that the time will soon come for “a huge number of our 40,000 pharmacists across the country” to be vaccinated, and the government is encouraging “state and local partners” to do so.
New COVID-19 The case is being droppedAlthough vaccine administration is slowing down.
Biden’s new goal comes as the administration faces a growing challenge, albeit not unexpectedly, from those who are hesitant about the vaccine. Blood clots As a result of Johnson and Johnson’s single-dose vaccine.
Vaccines are less likely to cause blood clots from the coronavirus, According to a study.
The new target takes into account that reality.
U.S. officials should be prepared to vaccinate adolescents once they have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
More than half of the American adult population has received a single dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The United States is administering the first dose at about 965,000 per day – half the rate three weeks ago, but twice as fast as needed to meet Biden’s goal.
Helping other nations
Biden told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that he expects ten percent of America’s AstraZeneca vaccine staples to be distributed among other nations by this summer.
“We’re going by the fourth of July, sending about 10 percent of what we have to other countries,” Canada and Mexico, and “we’re talking to other countries.” He said he had spoken to a “head of state” about the vaccine today, but was not prepared to discuss which head of state he had spoken to.
The United States has signed a 300-million-dose deal with AstraZeneca, although it is not clear how much of that amount will be under the U.S. government by July 4, but the Associated Press news agency said there could be about a million million doses available next month.
The White House said Tuesday that the Biden administration is also working to give Brazil access to 20 million drugs used to inject COVD-19 patients.
White House Press Secretary Jane Sosaki said the drugs come from the U.S. government’s strategic stockpile and will be supplied in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization.
“It’s not final yet, but we’re working on it in partnership with the Brazilian government,” he said.