At least one vaccine dose for 70% of adults by July 4

Biden announces new goal for Covid-19 vaccinations

"Our goal, by July Fourth, is to have 70% of adult Americans with at least one shot and at least 160 Americans fully vaccinated".

Biden, per CNN, is going to announce he wants to see 70 percent of all USA adults get at least one vaccine dose by Independence Day, as well as getting 160 million adults fully vaccinated. Over 56% of adults 18 and over have already received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to federal data. The now administering first doses at a rate of about 965,000 per day - half the rate of three weeks ago, but nearly twice as fast as needed to meet Biden's target. It will also offer roughly $630 million in additional funding for local governments to step up outreach campaigns and hire community workers tasked with identifying and contacting people who haven't yet been vaccinated, with a particular emphasis on people of color, people with disabilities, and those in rural areas.

As part of the push to get more shots in arms, the White House told governors on Tuesday it will be tweaking the allocation system for vaccines. If vaccinations continue at the current pace, 70% of adults will have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine by the second week of June. The administration had previously allocated shots evenly to states, based on adult population, regardless of how many injections were given.

Going forward, the Biden administration will redistribute any doses that states don't claim, an administration official said.

In an effort to increase vaccinations among those living in rural communities, where vaccine hesitancy has proved to be a major hurdle since the rollout began, the president will also direct new allocations of the vaccine to be sent to rural health clinics across the country.

The president's new goal would result in roughly half of the entire US population being vaccinated by early July. The Biden administration also plans to ship vaccines directly to pediatricians over the following weeks. A ruling on whether to allow children between 12 and 15 to receive the vaccine should come "shortly", Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla told investors in a conference call Tuesday.

"I want American parents to know that if that announcement comes, we are ready to move immediately", Biden said.

Biden's predecessor, former President Donald Trump, launched the national vaccination program but faced criticism for his slow response to the pandemic, spreading misinformation about the virus and his slow endorsement of the vaccine to his supporters - many of whom have delayed getting it because of concerns and conspiracy theories about its safety.



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