The Biden administration has fallen short of the July 4 COVID vaccination goal to have 70 per cent of Americans at least partially vaccinated. Citing the CDC data, Fox News reported that 67 per cent of adults in the country had received at least one vaccination shot as of Saturday (local time). Still, US President Joe Biden pointed to the millions who have received injections as evidence that the US is recovering.
In terms of total numbers, that amounts to just under 157 million people (47.3 per cent) in the US being fully vaccinated, and more than 182 million (54.9 per cent) having had at least one dose. The US President also acknowledged that the country is yet to reach its originally set goal of vaccinating 70 per cent of its population by July 4. Following the interaction, the US President tweeted: “This Fourth of July, America is back. We’re headed into a summer of joy – of freedom – thanks to the millions of Americans who stepped up to get vaccinated. To the frontline and essential workers who have made this possible: thank you.” As per reports, the United States of America is currently providing an average of 3,00,000 first dosages of vaccines. Meanwhile, the new Delta variant has increased the risk of a spike in COVID-19 cases, especially for the areas where people are still not vaccinated.
The variant has caused concern among citizens due to which the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised the vaccinated citizens to wear the mask once again.