The White House is expected to publicly acknowledge Tuesday that President Biden is unlikely to meet his goal of at least partially vaccinating 70 percent of adults by July 4 and only those 27 years and older. According to an administration official informed about the plan.
It will be the first time Mr Biden has failed to meet the vaccination target he has set. According to a New York Times analysis, if adult vaccination rates continue at the current seven-day average, the country will be shy of Biden’s target, with about 67 percent of adults partially vaccinated by July 4.
White House officials have stressed that given the progress the nation has made against COVID-19, it is not important to drop a few percentage points.
Announcing the target on 4 May, Mr Biden made a personal appeal to non-vaccinated people, saying getting a shot was a “life and death” choice. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 150 million Americans have been fully vaccinated and 177 million have received at least one dose.
But health experts have warned that a drop in vaccination rates could mean a fresh coronavirus outbreak this winter when cold weather keeps people indoors, with higher daily death rates in areas where comparable Apparently some people have saved themselves from shots.
Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said: “I credit the Biden administration for establishing a mass vaccination program for adults.” “But now we’ve hit a wall.”
Unless millions more Americans are vaccinated in the next few months, he said, “I think, come winter, we’re going to see a boom again. And that boom is going to be exactly where you expect it to be.” Will do – in areas that are unvaccinated or under-vaccinated.”
Young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 have so far proved particularly difficult to persuade. In a news briefing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, White House officials are expected to focus more on reaching that age group.
Lazaro Gamio contributed reporting.