President Joe Biden announced that 51% of American adults are fully vaccinated at an event in Alexandria, Virginia (Picture: AP)
President Joe Biden kicked off Memorial Day weekend by announcing that 51% of American adults are fully vaccinated and that he is confident the country can reach his July 4 vaccination goal.
‘Now 51% of America adults have been fully vaccinated, 75% of seniors are fully vaccinated, leaving nobody behind,’ Biden said from Alexandria, Virginia, on Friday afternoon. ‘Black, white, Hispanic – across the board, they’ve been getting their vaccinations.’
Biden continued that he set an ambitious goal to have 70% of American adults with at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose by July 4 and that the nation sits at 62% on that front. Ten states have already met his target.
‘We still have five weeks left to hit our goal and I know we can do it,’ Biden said. ‘Just look at what we’ve done so far. There’s not a single thing… nothing we cannot accomplish if we do it together.’
Biden gave the country’s vaccination effort an extra push with his remarks in Virginia a few days after the White House announced that the US reached the milestone of 50% of adults fully vaccinated.
On Wednesday, Pennsylvania became the tenth state to reach Biden’s 70% goal. The other states that have made the mark are Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Biden shared the stage with Democratic Governor Ralph Northam, who said 54% of Virginians are fully vaccinated.
‘Those are tremendous numbers and I’m fully confident that Virginia will hit President Biden’s goal of 70% of adults getting their first shots by July 4,’ Northam said.
Biden has continued to urge Americans to get the jab despite declining inoculation rates and aims to have 160million adults fully vaccinated by July 4.
At least 25 states as well as Washington, DC, have at least half of adults fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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