President Joe Biden confused the name of the website set up to encourage and educate the public about getting vaccinated against COVID-19, calling it “ vaccine.gum ” instead of vaccine.gov, and urging Americans to follow the advice of the ‘CCD’.
“We’re going to make it easier than ever to get you vaccinated. Go to vaccines.gum – .gov, vaccines.gum – or text to, text your zip code to 438829, ”Biden fumbled during a speech on the state of vaccines in the US.
The president appeared to be trying to correct his mistake by repeating the wrong URL.
Twitter burst into jokes about how there is now ‘vaccingum’.
“They’ve gotten gum now,” wrote one user, while another asked, “I’ll take the menthol gum, please.”
President Joe Biden fumbled with his words on Tuesday when he announced the URL for the website set up for vaccine, calling it – twice – vaccine.gum. “We’re going to make it easier than ever to get you vaccinated. Visit vaccines.gum – .gov, vaccines.gum – or text your zip code to 438829, ” Biden said in a speech on the state of vaccines.
The website vaccine.gov was set up to educate Americans about the coroan virus vaccines, make them more accessible, and combat the hesitation of some communities
Biden also told Americans during his remarks on Tuesday afternoon that they can now “ walk into your local pharmacy without an appointment ” to get the vaccine.
The vaccines website provides information on getting vaccinated and presents information to help combat vaccine reluctance, especially in certain communities – such as minorities and the right.
It also aims to increase accessibility for Americans who cannot easily get to a location for a vaccination.
Biden also stumbled when referring to the acronym for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“I ask people to continue to follow the CCD guidelines – CDC guidelines,” he quickly clarified.
During the White House comments, Biden set a new goal that 160 million Americans would be fully vaccinated by July 4 and that 70 percent of adults would get one shot in the arm by then to bring the country back to normal.
At the same time, he recognized how difficult it will be to convince millions of vaccine skeptics to take the chance.
“I realistically think we can get to that place between now and July 4,” Biden said. “And besides, it’s not like July 4 when the doors close. I just picked July 4th to try and get in a place where we’re getting closer to normal again. And so we’ll be getting people vaccinated this fall. ‘
He said his new goals, including vaccinating teens and increasing vaccine education, are part of “an effort to get this country back to normal.”
“But we’re not there yet,” he said at the White House on Tuesday afternoon.
The new goal almost requires 100 million additional weapons in the next 60 days.
More than 105 million people – 31 percent of the population – have been fully vaccinated, and 147 million – 44 percent – have had at least one injection, according to CDC data.
The White House also told governors Tuesday morning that they will switch to a ‘use it or lose it’ policy by distributing vaccinations to states.
The plan will begin redistributing vaccine doses from states where they go unused to other parts of the country where there is greater demand.
The number of new injections administered this week has fallen to its lowest point in three months.
The new procedure ensures that unused doses are added to a federal bank and made available to states where demand is greater than supply.
States that do not use or refuse their full allotment within a week will not lose it permanently and only need to hand over their doses to the government on a week-to-week basis.
The initial distribution will still depend on the adult population in each state.
In recent weeks, many states have seen large quantities of those doses not be distributed – unlike earlier this year, where most states found it nearly impossible to keep up with supply to meet demand.
Notably, the government rejected Democratic Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer’s plea to pump vaccines to her state as it faced an increase in the number of cases in March and April.
Arkansas officials confirmed they rejected their full share of vaccine doses last week, and this week Iowa rejected nearly three-quarters of the doses available to the state, claiming demand for the injections there remains weak.
The president also acknowledged that his government has work to do to address the hesitation about vaccines.
“There is some evidence that we have still been getting a good dose of vaccine in the past two weeks, and it’s still moving. But we know we’ll get to a place where the doubters exist or the people were just, I want to say lazy, just not sure how to get where they want to go. It will be difficult. So we’ll keep adding, ‘he said.
He said he called on companies to give employees paid time off to get vaccinated to ease any obstacles in people’s paths, but said there was more work to be done.
“We are partnering with major companies such as supermarkets to provide special offers such as discounts to customers who come to the store to get vaccinated,” he said.
‘We will have to bring the vaccine to people who are less eager. So we also know that there are millions of Americans who just need a little encouragement to get the picture, ”he noted.
A CNN poll found last week that a quarter of adults say they will not try to get the injection.
Biden also set a new goal for 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated by July 4 and for 70 percent of adults to have an injection by then.
Previously, Biden dangled on July 4 as a day for small groups of vaccinated people to gather to celebrate the holiday.
“ The more you vaccinate people, the more you can pull back from some public health restrictions, and that’s really a goal and the goal of the president, to get people vaccinated as soon as possible with a target of 70%, ” said another senior official.
‘On July 4, so we can do what we all want is to go ahead and gradually lift the restrictions. So now we can return to our normal life, ‘the person added.
Additionally, as demand for the coronavirus vaccine has fallen nationwide, the government will spend $ 630 million on vaccination and education.
That money includes $ 250 million for community outreach; $ 130 million in vaccination and information, and $ 250 million directly to states and territories for their vaccination efforts.
The focus on increasing vaccination coverage will be at the community level.
‘Communities that can achieve 70% vaccination coverage will in fact see a sharp decline in individual cases, which will ultimately lead to a drop in the number of hospitalizations, which, as we know from our experience, will of course ultimately lead to a reduction on the number of deaths, ”said another senior official.
“Each community should individually strive to achieve the goal of vaccinating 70% of its population by July 4,” the person added.
As part of that, Biden will order thousands of pharmacies into the federal pharmacy program to enable walk-in vaccination appointments, divert FEMA funds to pop-up clinics, and increase shipments of the vaccine to health centers nationwide.
Biden will also encourage adolescents to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Pfizer said the two-injection vaccine is safe for 12 to 16-year-olds, but it still needs final FDA approval.
Only the FDA will make that decision. Today I want American parents to know that when that announcement comes, we will be ready to move immediately, ”he said.
As of Tuesday, 31.8 percent of Americans have been vaccinated against the coronavirus and 44.4 percent have received at least one injection.
As vaccinations increase, daily infections begin to decline, with the average number of daily cases dropping by nearly 15 percent over the past week to less than 50,000 per day.
The seven-day moving average of daily infections is now the lowest since October 10. Probably as a result of rising vaccinations and falling caseload, daily deaths have dropped to an average of less than 700, which has remained stable over the past week.
But delaying vaccinations threatens to reverse that progress. Daily admissions have fallen to an average of less than 2.5 million per day, from the peak of nearly 3.2 million on April 11.
The White House, meanwhile, told governors during a phone call on Tuesday that the stockpile of coronavirus vaccines they don’t use will become available to other states.
Each state’s share of the adult population will still determine weekly allocations. But instead of allowing disordered doses to be transferred, the White House will send the unused supply to a supply that other states can request.