Biden Sets New Vaccination Goal

Alonzo Simpson
May 5, 2021

'I think realistically we can get to that place between now and July 4, ' he said.

The administration's new plan will also focus heavily on working with states and national pharmacy chains to encourage walk-in appointments for COVID-19 vaccines to make it easier for those who want to get vaccinated.

An administration official told reporters that at this time 105 million Americans are fully vaccinated and more than 56% of USA adults, or 147 million people, have received at least one shot.

The new initiatives, which come with hundreds of millions of federal dollars for local community groups and public education campaigns, are being rolled out at a time when vaccination rates are dropping after initial high demand.

Health experts also warn that the virus and its variants will not be entirely eradicated until much of the global population is vaccinated, a reason why Biden has been under increasing pressure to share unused vaccine doses with other countries like India, where COVID-19 cases are surging.

"There are tens of thousands of Americans who are alive today who would not be alive otherwise had they not had access to a rapid vaccination program", Biden said.

When asked if he thought the next phase of the rollout would be more hard, Biden said he thought in one sense, it would be easier, as the hard logistics of producing, purchasing and transporting vaccines are for the most part complete.

Also Tuesday, the White House told governors in a phone call that any unclaimed shots in their states will be redirected to a pool of doses available for distribution elsewhere, according to people familiar with the discussion.

Small percentage of vaccinated people will get Covid-19
Regarding the ongoing vaccination drive for people above 45 years of age, the minister said there is adequate stock for them to get vaccinated.

A COVID-19 mass-vaccination clinic at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on January 15.

Senior administration officials previewed the announcement Tuesday before Biden's planned speech from the White House.

Biden's push comes as his administration has shifted away from setting a target for the reach "herd immunity", instead focusing on delivering as many shots into arms as possible. The administration says that when states decline to take all the vaccine they have been allocated, that surplus will shift to states still awaiting doses to meet demand. Those states would have the shots available whenever demand for vaccines in their states increases - a key priority of the Biden administration.

The New York Times reported Monday that most scientists and public health experts believe that the USA will not reach herd immunity, at least not in the near future.

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

The weekly allocations will still be determined by adult population, however states had been allowed to carryover unordered doses week-to-week in case they needed them in the coming weeks.

Individual states have made similar shifts internally to account for changing demand. Louisiana, meanwhile, hasn't drawn down its full vaccine allocation from the federal government for the last few weeks. But Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that the amounts now will be based on requests from health care providers.

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