Twelve US states have given at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine to 70 percent of their adult population as officials try to speed up the pace of vaccinations.
Nine of the states – Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont – are in the northeast with only three states, California, Hawaii, and New Mexico in the west.
Vermont and Hawaii are currently leading the field, respectfully giving 82.1 percent and 80.7 of residents a first chance, respectively.
At least six states, Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Virginia and Washington, and the District of Columbia are about to cross the threshold and are expected to do so within the next week.
President Joe Biden has set a goal of giving 70 percent of American adults at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by July 4th. This has proven difficult, however, as the number of daily vaccinations decreased from an average of three million per day in April to less than 1.5 million per day today.
When asked on Thursday how the government intends to achieve Biden’s goal, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky to draw a loophole and gave no details.
Twelve U.S. states – California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont have given at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine to 70% of their adult populations
President Joe Biden has set a goal of giving 70% of American adults at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by July 4th, but vaccinations have gone from an average of three million per day in April to less than 1.5 million per day sunk
According to CDC data, 62.9 percent of all US adults have received at least one starting dose of the vaccine and 51.9 percent are fully vaccinated.
That misses Biden’s 70 percent target, however, and the government has tried to motivate more Americans to get vaccinated.
To get the nearly 15 million other Americans to roll up their sleeves, Biden announced incentives, including free Anheuser-Busch beer for 200,000 people and even a visit to the White House.
Additionally, pharmacies that have partnered with the White House are open 24 hours on Fridays and centers offer free childcare for parents
TODAY host Savannah Guthrie asked Walensky whether the current pace of vaccinations is sufficient to meet the president’s goal or whether a push to increase the daily numbers is needed.
The CDC director seemed to sidestep the question, saying she expected the incentives to “hit” [people] where they are ‘by giving people more information and access to footage.
CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky was unable to answer questions on Thursday how the US would reach that threshold, but replied that “every shot in the arm is a win”.
“I think a single day’s count of how many vaccines we are doing isn’t necessarily reflective. We have now started this push. We assume that we can reach more and more people, ”she replied.
“Every shot in every arm is a win because that person is now safe and protected from infection with COVID-19.”
Guthrie also asked if the 70 percent benchmark was a policy target or if there was a public health threshold.
“We know that the more people we get one vaccine and then two – fully vaccinated – the more protected we are as a nation,” said Walensky.
“We know that the vaccine not only protects individuals, but also communities and their families. And the more people vaccinated, the more there is no magical target for herd immunity. ‘
On Sunday, the US recorded 16,913 new infections with a 7-day moving average of 16,265, the lowest since March 30th
A total of 610 coronavirus deaths were also reported on Wednesday, with a seven-day moving average currently standing at about 553 deaths per day, two months from a four-digit number
It comes as coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States continue to decline, hitting lows not seen in at least a year.
On Wednesday, the US recorded 16,913 new infections with a 7-day moving average of 16,265, which is the lowest since March 30, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.
The rate of new infections is currently 7.9 cases per 100,000, significantly lower than a month ago when an average of around 18 per 100,000 cases arose on April 23.
A total of 610 coronavirus deaths were also reported on Wednesday, marking the sixth straight day the death toll was below 1,000.
The 7-day moving average is currently around 553 deaths per day, which is a four-digit number two months ago.