US President Joe Biden is aiming for 70% of adults to get their first Covid shot by July 4th

US President Joe Biden is aiming for 70% of adults to get their first Covid shot by July 4th


President Joe Biden wants 70 percent of adults in the United States to have received at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine by July 4th, Independence Day, the White House said Tuesday.

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President Joe Biden wants 70 percent of adults in the United States to have received at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine by July 4th, Independence Day, the White House said Tuesday.

Not only does Biden want 70 percent to be at least partially vaccinated, but he also wants “160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated by the same date,” an official told reporters.

A senior official said reaching the goal in just 60 days was “not easy, but we know we can do it”.

The United States is already “way ahead of where anyone would have thought we would be in our war on the Covid virus,” the official said.

Achieving the goal, which would mean overcoming persistent vaccine problems, will significantly change the way Americans experience their summer, another official said.

There will be “far fewer restrictions on public health”.

Biden’s administration will begin shifting the mapping of COVID-19 shots to states and shifting doses from states with lower demand to states with greater interest in vaccines, a government official said Tuesday.

The move away from strict population allocations is due to the fact that the demand for coronavirus vaccines has declined across the country, but particularly sharply in some areas, with some states partially or completely rejecting their weekly dose allocations. The federal government is now moving some of these cans to areas of higher demand in order to speed up the shooting in those areas.

The government says these states would have the shots available if the demand for vaccines in their states increased a key priority for the Biden government.

This week, Iowa turned down nearly three-quarters of the vaccine doses the federal government made available to the state for the next week because demand for the shots remains weak.

Individual states have made similar shifts internally to accommodate changing demand. Last week, Washington State changed the way it assigns coronavirus vaccines to its counties.

Previously, the state distributed supplies to counties appropriate to their population. But Governor Jay Inslee said Thursday the amounts will now be based on requests from healthcare providers.

(With contributions from agencies)

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