WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is setting a new vaccination goal to deliver at least one dose to 70% of adult Americans by July 4, the White House said Tuesday as the government urges people to make it easier for people to shoot and retrieve Land closer to normal.
The new goal, which includes fully vaccinating 160 million adults by Independence Day, comes because the demand for vaccines has declined significantly across the country and some states have left more than half of their vaccine doses disordered. Biden will urge states to make vaccines available on a walk-in basis and instruct many pharmacies to do the same, and his government will, for the first time, attempt to move doses from states with weaker demand to areas with greater interest in the shots .
Biden’s goal is a tacit recognition of the declining interest in shots. More than 56% of American adults have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 105 million are fully vaccinated. The US is currently delivering initial doses at the rate of approximately 965,000 per day – half the rate it was three weeks ago, but almost twice as fast as it would take to meet Biden’s goal.
Senior officials watched the announcement Tuesday before Biden’s scheduled White House speech. It is because the Biden administration has turned away from setting a target for the US to achieve “herd immunity” and has focused on getting as many shots in the arms as possible. Officials said Biden’s vaccination goal would result in a significant reduction in COVID-19 cases over the summer.
To do this, the Biden government is shifting the government’s focus to expanding smaller and more mobile vaccination clinics to provide doses to hard-to-reach communities. In addition, hundreds of millions of dollars are being used to raise interest in vaccines through education campaigns and access to recordings by community organizations that can help get people into clinics.
Ahead of the Food and Drug Administration’s expected approval of the Pfizer vaccine for teenagers ages 12-15 by early next week, the White House is also developing plans to expedite vaccinations for that age group. Biden, according to the White House, would “challenge” states to deliver at least one dose to this age group by July 4th and work to get doses to pediatrician offices and other trusted places to fully vaccinate as many of them as possible at the beginning of the next school year.
While younger people have a dramatically lower risk of serious complications from COVID-19, they have made a greater proportion of new virus cases because the majority of adults in the US have been at least partially vaccinated and higher-risk activities such as indoor eating and contact sports has resumed in most of the country. Officials hope that expanding vaccinations to teenagers will further accelerate the country’s decreased viral loads and allow schools to reopen in the fall with minimal disruption.
Biden’s speech comes as the White House announced a move away from strict population allocation of vaccines. The government says if states reject their assigned vaccine, that surplus will shift to states still waiting for doses to meet demand. These states would have the shots available as the demand for vaccines in their states increases – a key priority for the Biden administration.
The governors were informed of the change by the White House on Tuesday morning. The Washington Post first reported on the new allocation.
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.
The White House previously opposed efforts to move the vaccine by non-population standards, and Biden dismissed Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer last month when she requested more doses amid a surge in virus cases in her state was recorded. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at the time almost all states were ordering at or near their population allocations, which is no longer the case.
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.
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