WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden has set a new vaccination target to deliver at least one dose to 70% of adult Americans by July 4th, the White House said Tuesday as the administration insisted it make it easier for people to take pictures and get closer to the country. to normal.
The new goal, which includes fully vaccinating 160 million adults by Independence Day, comes as demand for vaccines has fallen sharply across the country, with some countries leaving more than half the doses of vaccines unordered. Biden will call on states to make vaccines available and direct many pharmacies to do the same, and his administration is moving for the first time to moving doses from countries in lower demand to areas with stronger interest in photography.
Senior officials made a preliminary announcement Tuesday before Biden’s planned White House speech. This is because the Biden administration has moved away from setting a goal for the United States to achieve “herd immunity,” but instead is focusing on delivering as many gunshots as possible. Officials said the purpose of Biden’s vaccination would significantly reduce the incidence of COVID-19 by the summer.
To that end, the Biden administration has shifted the government’s focus to expanding smaller and mobile vaccination clinics to deliver doses to harder-to-reach communities. He is also using hundreds of millions of dollars to try to increase interest in vaccines through educational campaigns and access to photos through community organizations that can help attract people to clinics.
Ahead of the Food and Drug Administration’s expected approval of the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 early next week, the White House is also developing plans to accelerate vaccinations to this age group. The White House said Biden would “challenge” states to administer at least one dose to this age group by July 4 and work to deliver doses to pediatric clinics and other safe places to get as many of them vaccinated as possible by the beginning. of the next school year.
While younger people are at significantly lower risk of serious complications from COVID-19, they account for a higher proportion of new cases of the virus, as most adults in the United States have been at least partially vaccinated and at risk. such as indoor dining and contact sports resumed in most of the country. Officials hope the expansion of vaccinations for teenagers will further accelerate the reduction in the incidence of viruses in the country and allow schools to reopen with minimal disruption this fall.
Biden’s speech came when the White House announced a shift from a strict distribution of vaccines among the population. The administration says that when countries refuse the vaccine that has been given to them, this surplus will move to countries that are still waiting for doses to meet demand. These states will have images available as demand for vaccines in their countries increases, a key priority for the Biden administration.
Governors were briefed on the change by the White House on Tuesday morning. The Washington Post first announced the new distribution.
This week, Iowa refused nearly three-quarters of the doses of vaccines available to the state for next week from the federal government as demand for the shots remains weak.
The White House had previously resisted efforts to change the vaccine on indicators other than population, with Biden dismissing Michigan Gov. Gothen Whitmer last month when he asked for more doses because her condition was on the rise. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at the time, almost all states were ordering at or near their population distribution, which is no longer the case.
Individual countries have made similar changes internally to take account of changing demand. Last week, Washington changed the way it distributes the coronavirus vaccine to its counties. Previously, the state supplied supplies to counties proportional to their population. Gov. Jay Insley said Thursday that the amounts will now be based on requests from healthcare providers.