Biden launches plan to get at least one injection on 70% of adults by July 4 so life can ‘look closer to normal’
- President Joe Biden will ensure that 160 million Americans are fully vaccinated by July 4 and that 70% of adults get one shot to bring the country back to normal
- 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
- “The more you vaccinate people, the more you can pull out of some public health restrictions,” said a senior official.
- Biden dangled on July 4 as a day when small groups of vaccinated people could gather to celebrate the holiday
- Additionally, as demand for the vaccine has fallen nationwide, the government will spend $ 630 million on vaccination and education
President Joe Biden will set a target for 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated by July 4 and for 70% of adults to receive one shot in the arm in an attempt to return the country to a normal life.
“This means nearly 100 million additional weapons in the next 60 days,” a senior official said during a phone call to reporters looking ahead to the president’s comments, which will take place Tuesday afternoon at the White House.
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.
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.
President Joe Biden will call for 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated by July 4 and for 70% of adults to receive one injection in an attempt to return the country to a normal life.
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.
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.