On Friday Jun 19th, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris called Americans to get COVID-19 shots. The US looks likely to miss the White House’s target for vaccination next month. In addition, a new coronavirus variant is triggering concerns on possible serious health concerns.
Act nowSpeaking from the White House, Biden said “act now, act now.” He said this while urging the unvaccinated to talk to their doctors along with their family and friends who have been vaccinated.In areas where people are getting vaccinated, deaths and hospitalizations are going “drastically down” according to Biden. However, this is not the case in other areas. Biden said, “They’re actually going up in some places.”Biden’s goal is to have 70 percent of adults receive at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by Jul 4th, Independence Day. Unfortunately, this unlikely to happen in the United States at the current vaccination pace.
Current statisticsAround 65.1 percent of Americans have received at least one vaccine dose as of Friday. However, over the past two weeks, that mark has increased by less than one percent point.For the US to hit the target, that pace needs to be more than double in the coming two weeks.There is no immediate comment from the White House over the possibility of missing the Jul 4th 70 percent goal. As of now, only 15 US states and the capital Washington DC have achieved this level.
Political divideA political divide is shown in US government data. In terms of vaccination rates, states won by former President Donald Trump are well behind those states won by Biden.Vice President Kamala Harris went on a vaccination drive at Atlanta’s famed Ebenezer Baptist Church. Harris said “When you get the vaccine for yourself, that means that you will not possibly pass it on to somebody else in general because you’re unlikely to get COVID.”She asked “Isn’t that an extension of love thy neighbor?”, to which responses of “Amen!” came from several in the audience.
300 million COVID-19 vaccinations administeredBefore Biden’s speech on Friday, the White House said the US has administered 300 million COVID-19 vaccinations over 150 days.A campaign-style push had been mounted by First Lady Jill Biden and other officials. The campaign uses public appearances, local media interviews and advertisements to dispel lingering concerns on getting vaccinated. Also, it is encouraging more Americans to get shots.Since Biden’s taking of office in January, government officials said his push to accelerate vaccinations is paying off. As a result, the numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are down to their lowest levels. The figures are in comparison to the high numbers at the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020.
Highest death toll in the worldThe United States surpassed 600,000 COVID-19 deaths early this week, marking it a grim milestone.Although other countries like Brazil, Britain and Russia, have higher death rates due to their populations, the US death toll remains the highest in the world.Since Biden took office in January, the number of COVID-19 deaths has decreased by 90 per cent. This information comes from a White House fact sheet. This was when the death toll was over 3,300 Americans every day. Now, big gains in the economy are highlighted, as more people return to work.Currently, 55 percent of adult Americans are fully vaccinated. Likewise, over 175 million Americans have received at least one dose, according to the fact sheet.
By Aaron 19th June 2021 23:00