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Why US misses Joe Biden’s 70 percent vaccinations goal by July 4: Official

*The US President had hoped that by July 4, 2021, vaccination numbers would be high enough to 70 percent, that the country could mark ‘independence’ from COVID-19, but the administration is focused on getting vaccination numbers higher

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As the reported resurgence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, especially the Delta variant, still rages in some states in the country, the United States Government has missed the goal of attaining 70 percent vaccinations for Americans by July 4, 2021.

ConsumerConnect gathered that President Biden’s original goal of getting 70 percent of American adults at least partially vaccinated was reached only Monday, August 2, a month after Biden had set out to achieve the milestone.

Cyrus Shahpar, COVID-19 Data Director for the Biden administration made the announcement via blog post in the week.

The White House reportedly did little to celebrate the milestone. Instead, the administration focused on pushing vaccination numbers higher to combat the threat of the Delta variant, agency report stated.

Mr. Shahpar reportedly wrote on Twitter, saying “let’s continue working to get more eligible vaccinated!”

This publication had reported that the Delta variant is currently driving a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, with higher expert projections for infections and attendant death rates from the disruptive pandemic.

The situation has got to the point where several national retailers, along with one state and several counties, have reversed their guidance on masks, report said.

Case counts climbing

Recall that President Biden had hoped that by July 4 this year, the country’s vaccination numbers would be high enough that the US could mark “independence” from COVID-19.

However, report indicates that by the time July 4 rolled around, fewer than half of US states had achieved the 70 percent milestone in vaccinations.

In view of this development, health officials have struck a more urgent tone lately regarding vaccination rates as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to fill hospital beds in the United States.

COVID-19 vaccination in the US

The US still has not reached the government’s other goal of getting 165 million adults fully vaccinated.

Quoting the CDC data, 156.5 American adults have been fully inoculated, according to report.

Meanwhile, new cases per day have increased to an average of nearly 80,000 the number said to be their highest level in nearly three months.

However, in reversing mask guidance, barely a week after the CDC said that fully vaccinated people should wear a mask when indoors in areas of “substantial” or “high” virus transmission, the state of Louisiana and several counties in the San Francisco Bay Area adopted rules requiring people to wear nose masks in public indoor spaces.

Louisiana became the first state to reimpose a statewide mask mandate.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana State cited the need to avoid overburdening hospitals and protect public health.

Edwards, in a statement, said: “It has never been much clearer that we are in an unchecked COVID surge that, in addition to threatening the health and wellbeing of many Louisianans, also threatens the capacity of our hospitals and medical facilities to deliver care to their patients.

“That is simply unacceptable.”

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