A certain return to normalcy – that was what US President Joe Biden had promised the Americans at the beginning of his term in office. Therefore, many millions should be vaccinated again by the national holiday.
US President Joe Biden is driving the vaccination campaign forward: By the beginning of July, around 70 percent of all around 260 million adults in the country should have received at least the first corona vaccination. In order to put the pandemic in place, 160 million people should already be fully vaccinated by the national holiday on July 4th, as the White House announced on Tuesday.
So far, according to the CDC, 56 percent of adults have received at least one vaccination. 105 million people are considered fully vaccinated. “We’re going to make it easier than ever to get vaccinated,” said Biden on Tuesday.
Challenge: 100 million vaccinations in 60 days
A White House representative said that almost 100 million additional vaccinations would have to be given over the next 60 days to meet the new target. The government will instruct the pharmacies, among other things, to allow vaccinations in the future without prior appointment. Around 40,000 pharmacies in the USA get their vaccine straight from the government.
Biden had promised the Americans at the beginning of his term in office that the massive vaccination campaign would allow some return to normality by July 4th. “Let’s celebrate our independence as a nation and our independence from the virus in two months.” Until then, all Americans should continue to adhere to the corona precautionary measures, warned Biden.
A White House representative said reaching the threshold of around 70 percent vaccinated adults will lead to a sharp drop in corona infections, hospital stays and deaths.
The government is also already making preparations to start vaccinating young people between the ages of 12 and 16, the representative said. The responsible authority FDA is expected to decide next week on the approval of the vaccine from the manufacturers Pfizer and Biontech for this age group. Should approval take place, 15,000 pharmacies would be ready to vaccinate young people. In addition, pediatricians would also be given vaccine, it said.
Distribution of vaccination doses changed in mid-December
In order to achieve better use of vaccines in the country, the White House is also changing the formula for distributing the doses that has been used since the vaccination campaign began in mid-December. So far, all states have received vaccine shipments strictly proportional to the number of their inhabitants.
In future, states that already have more supplies than demand will only be able to call up part of the doses to which they are entitled. The excess then goes back to the federal government and can be accessed by states that need more vaccine, the official said in a briefing for journalists.
At the height of the US vaccination campaign, more than three million people were being vaccinated every day. In the meantime, overall progress has slowed somewhat – depending on the state. Many states in the northeast have already inoculated almost all cans and have made great strides with continued high demand.
The percentage of people vaccinated varies widely across states
In other states, such as southern Mississippi, the number of vaccinations has been falling for weeks. Only about a third of the population there has so far received at least one vaccination. In northeastern Massachusetts, on the other hand, nearly 60 percent received at least the first injection.
Biden has promised to have enough vaccine for all adults in the country by the end of May. In the USA, the vaccines from Moderna and Biontech / Pfizer are mainly used, each of which requires two syringes. In addition, the preparation from Johnson & Johnson is used, which unfolds its full effect after just one dose.
The US government has secured enough vaccine to supply the population of around 330 million people without additional drugs. Astrazeneca and Novavax vaccines are not yet approved in the United States.