Daily US Times: President Biden aims to expand vaccines as he has laid out plans to vaccinate 70% of adults in the United States by 4 July and roll out the shots for 12- to 15-year-olds as soon as possible.
The president’s new goal includes having 160 million adults fully vaccinated by Independence Day.
The target is well within reach given that 105m have already had Covid-19 vaccine and the country is vaccinating nearly a million adults per day.
But the vaccination against Covid-19 rate is half of what it was just three weeks ago.
The US president said his administration was working to win over “doubters” about the shots.
Israel – a world leader in Covid-19 vaccination rates – has nearly fully reopened its economy and seen its new coronavirus infections crash to almost zero, with just over 60% of the population having received at least one shot.
On Monday, Joe Biden said at the White House: “In two months let’s celebrate independence as a nation and our independence from this virus. We can do this. We will do this.”
Mr Biden also announced a new website, vaccines.gov, that Americans can use to more easily find sites where they can get their vaccines after widespread complaints that the sign-up process was too difficult for some.
A phone number is also revealed where Americans can now text to submit their postal code and learn about vaccination sites in their area.
The Democratic president had previously set the goal for life to be “back to normal” by 4 July.