WASHINGTON – United States President Joe Biden is likely to miss the goal of vaccinating 70% of American adults partially or completely against the coronavirus by the July 4 Independence Day holiday; But, the White House says the US could reach that level for adults aged 27 or older.
In a new assessment Tuesday of the country’s vaccination effort, COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Gents is expected to say the federal government will now focus on convincing people who are over the age of 18, a White House official said. is 26 years old.
Many young American adults, for a variety of reasons, have shown little interest in vaccination, especially since the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths in the country has declined sharply in recent weeks and many businesses are without facemasks and social distancing. Restrictions have reopened. in place for over a year.
Overall, however, since the first widespread outbreak in the US in March 2020, the country has recorded more than 602,000 deaths and 33.5 million infections, more than any other country according to Johns Hopkins University. is.
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Biden, who has set a 70% vaccination target for the 4th of July holiday, has not publicly acknowledged that it is unlikely to be met.
Like many divisive political issues in the US, a sharp divide over vaccination has developed, with several Democratic states voting for Biden in last November’s election, showing higher vaccination rates than Republican states that had voted for his predecessor. Voted for President Donald Trump.
Some of the lowest vaccination rates have been recorded in southern states that Trump easily won and where doubts about the need for vaccination are widespread.
Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump, who both contracted the virus, were vaccinated privately before leaving office in January, but Trump often downplayed the spread of infections in the US, Biden and the First Lady. Jill Biden was both vaccinated on their first live television. took office. He has made several appeals to the Americans to take the shot.
A Biden official said the Giants are expected to say that 70% of Americans aged 30 and older have already received at least one shot. However, the pace of vaccination has dropped significantly in recent weeks, although there are plenty of shots available.
The White House is planning a big celebration on the South Lawn on July 4, with around 1,000 guests expected to attend picnics and watch fireworks celebrating the country’s 1776 independence from Britain.
Even as Biden misses the 70% vaccination rate for adults, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said this week, “We have made tremendous progress in our vaccination efforts to date, and the ultimate goal is America.” return to normalcy … and we look forward to doing the same here at the White House.”