Joe Biden, President of the United States, will celebrate on Friday that more than 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have already been administered in the United States in his first 150 days in power, but it is unlikely that the goal that he had reached will be achieved. marked for July 4th.
Biden will give a speech to celebrate the milestone that the United States has administered 300 million vaccines since the president took office on January 20.
The United States already surpassed that number days ago, and has administered nearly 315 million doses so far, according to the latest tally from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
However, the rate of vaccination has slowed in recent weeks, and it is highly unlikely that Biden’s goal of moving toward a new normal will be met.
The president wanted 70% of the nation’s adults to receive at least one dose by July 4, and that proportion now stands at 65%, without advancing too much overnight, according to the CDC.
In his speech, the president will make it clear that there is more work to be done, and will highlight the work of his Administration to achieve greater equality in access to vaccines, said the aforementioned White House source.
With the aim of accelerating the vaccination campaign, Vice President Kamala Harris also visited the city of Atlanta (Georgia) this Friday to try to convince the most skeptical to take the step, within a campaign that lasts throughout the month of June.
In the context of that campaign, the Biden administration promoted all kinds of offers from different companies, rewarding vaccinated Americans with deliveries of free food, free baseball tickets or beer.
Although the vaccination rate fell in May, in the last week it has increased by 17%, with an average of 1.33 million doses administered per day, according to calculations by The Washington Post.
And although health authorities are concerned about the expansion of variants such as the Delta, detected for the first time in India, the data in the United States remains promising: the latest weekly average of COVID-19 cases is 13,997, 6% less than the previous week and 94.4% less than in January, according to the CDC.