Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead of the Maryland National Guard visits a woman as she receives her modern coronavirus vaccine from specialist James Truong (L) at CASA de Maryland’s Wheaton Welcome Center in Wheaton, Maryland on May 21, 2021.
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Half of adults in the US will be fully vaccinated against Covid by the end of the day, a White House official said Tuesday.
The latest milestone in the U.S.’s sweeping effort to vaccinate its way out of the pandemic is the decline in infections and deaths from Covid The nation has not seen lows in almost a year.
President Joe Biden set the goal earlier this month 70% of adults must receive at least their first dose of a Covid vaccine until the fourth of July. The president said His hope was that by Independence Day the US will “celebrate our independence as a nation and our independence from this virus”.
Almost six weeks to Biden’s self-imposed deadline. Nine states have already reached this 70% threshold.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccine tracker showed on Monday that 49.8% of the US population aged 18 and over had been fully vaccinated, and 61.5% of that group received at least one dose.
74% of people aged 65 and over in the US who are at a far greater health risk from Covid have been fully vaccinated, the CDC tracker shows.
The CDC’s numbers should be updated later Tuesday to reflect the White House announcement.