Washington – President Biden has set a new goal of having 160 million adults fully vaccinated in the United States and 70% of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4, stepping up efforts to reach rural areas and communities where the percentage ofis behind.
“As we expected, the pace of vaccinations is slowing as most adult Americans have already fired their first shot,” Mr Biden said in a White House note. “We will soon reach the adults who are most eager to get vaccinated, and at that point that effort will change … Now we will have to bring the vaccine to people who are less impatient.”
Mr Biden said the administration would “make it easier” than ever as the United States entered a “new phase” of the vaccination campaign.
The president said the administration is making new efforts to achieve its goal by targeting pharmacies to offer vaccines for incoming vaccines, deploying mobile vaccination clinics, increasing community-wide funding and encouraging young people to get vaccinated if and when the shot is fired. approved for adolescents. He directed Americans to a new website, Vaccine.com, to find a nearby vaccination site.
As of Monday, more than 104 million adults, or 40% of the adult population, have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The percentage of adults who fired at least one shot was 56.3%.
The Food and Drug Administration isThe Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine for use in adolescents until early next week. The president said the administration was ready to start vaccinating young people as soon as the agency approved its use.
“I want American parents to know that if this message comes, we are ready to move immediately … to make about 20,000 pharmacies across the country ready to vaccinate these teenagers as soon as the FDA approves it,” Biden said.
The new impetus for reaching the unvaccinated came when states began lifting restrictions on the pandemic and the demand for shots slowed. The Biden administrationon Tuesday, it shifted the introduction of vaccine doses to allow disordered shots to be sent to other countries where demand is higher, a number of officials familiar with the plan told CBS News.
Under the new plan, if a state does not need as many doses as determined by its population, those doses will be redirected to a new federal pool that can be used by other countries in greater demand. States could order up to 50 percent more than their weekly distribution, officials said. But they stressed that this is not a “use or loss” system.
At least 25 countries have told CBS News that they have not ordered all available doses distributed for this week.
The president said changing the focus to persuade Americans to get the vaccine was in some ways easier than the administration’s early efforts to speed up vaccine production and distribution, but acknowledged the challenge of convincing skeptical Americans to get the shots.
“I think at the end of the day, most people will be convinced that failing to get the vaccine could cause other people to get sick and maybe die,” Mr Biden said. “So, in one sense, it’s easier because I don’t have to combine these huge logistical efforts. But in another sense, it’s harder – it’s out of my personal control.”
The CDC presented updated guidelines last week detailing activities that vaccinated people can safely resume, including allowing the use of masks in most open conditions. More than 577,000 Americans have died from the virus, and there are nearly 30,000 new cases on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Corey Rangel, Ed O’Keefe and Max Bayer contributed to the report.