United States President Joe Biden holds a card showing the number of people who have died from coronavirus disease while he comments on the state of vaccination against coronavirus disease (COVID) in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC 19) gives up. April 6, 2021.
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president Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the United States has given 150 million Covid-19 vaccine shots since inauguration, and the president is now aiming to give 200 million vaccine doses within his first 100 days in office.
The country is already on the right track to achieve this goal. In the remaining days leading up to April 30, Biden’s 100th day in office, the US will have to administer an average of 2 million daily vaccine doses to reach 200 million total. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the country is currently administering an average of 3 million shots a day.
If the country maintains its current daily pace for the remainder of the month, the Biden government will land about 225 million total doses in that 100-day period.
Biden announced on Tuesday that states should open vaccine dates for all adults in the US by April 19thand postponed its original deadline by nearly two weeks.
US Covid cases
The number of coronavirus cases is still well below its high in January, but slightly above the last low in late March. The seven-day average of daily new cases is 64,700, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, a level similar to that of the country during the summer surge.
Michigan, where the average daily new cases increased 24% from a week ago, continues to have the country’s worst per capita outbreak. Case numbers are increasing by 5% or more in 22 states, according to a CNBC analysis of the Johns Hopkins data.
U.S. Covid deaths
The 7-day average of daily Covid-19 deaths in the US is 785.
On Monday, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said emergency admissions and hospital stays related to Americans 65 and over are declining. Seniors are among the most vulnerable groups and have a disproportionately high proportion of reported Covid deaths.
These downward trends are “good news in terms of vaccination power,” said Walensky.
US vaccine shots administered
According to CDC data, the U.S. is giving 3 million Covid-19 vaccine shots every day.
White House Covid-19 data director Cyrus Shahpar attributed Tuesday’s underperforming report of 1.4 million shots to last holiday.
“Reflects largely the doses administered over the Easter weekend,” he wrote in one Tweet.
US percentage of the vaccinated population
Almost a third of the US population has received at least one vaccine, according to CDC data, and almost one in five Americans is fully vaccinated.
Of those 65 and over, 76% have received at least one shot and 57% are fully vaccinated.