Biden issues a Covid warning to less vaccinated communities

Rodiano Bonacci
Июня 19, 2021

The pace of new vaccinations in the US has dropped significantly from a high of almost 2 million per day about two months ago, jeopardizing Biden's ability to hit the 70% mark. During the address, Biden also announced that the United States administered over 300 million doses of coronavirus vaccines over the last 150 days.

The Biden administration insists that even if the 70% vaccination goal is unmet, it will have little effect on the overall USA recovery, which is already ahead of where Biden said it would be months ago. "[The Delta variant] is a variant that is more easily transmissible, potentially deadlier, and particularly unsafe for young people".

Biden warned that with the delta variant, people could be more likely to die from the virus in areas with lower levels of vaccination.

So far, vaccinations have proven effective against the variant, which is spreading overseas and becoming more common at home.

During an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America", she told Americans who get their shots that "you'll be protected against this delta variant". Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the delta variant made up almost 10 percent of USA cases this month, compared to 2.7 percent of all cases in May. Data has shown the variant, which first appeared in India, to be 40 to 80 percent more transmissible and about twice as likely to cause hospitalization as the alpha variant.

Biden's comments about the vulnerabilities of unvaccinated communities echoed similar concerns made earlier in the day by his chief of staff, Ron Klain.

Overall, about 168 million American adults, or 65.1% of the US population 18 years and older, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Friday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Concerned over the rising cases of coronavirus where the vaccination rate is lower, he said, "The truth is that deaths and hospitalizations are drastically down in places where people are getting vaccinated".

"We didn't have enough vaccine supply for all Americans". The seven-day case average peaked at over 250,000 in January, when thousands of Americans were dying from the virus daily.

But as Biden marks one milestone, he is in danger of failing to meet another: his target to have 70% of American adults at least partially vaccinated by the Fourth of July, in a little over two weeks. Governments and companies have offered a host of incentives for vaccination, from free beer to baseball tickets to lotteries.

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