The United States has already implemented more than 300 million doses. Still, Joe Biden warned that the Delta variant "will hurt" if vaccination is slowed down.
The US president celebrated the milestone reached days ago. Still, the goal of getting Independence Day with 70% of immunized adults seems unlikely.
Joe Biden celebrated on Friday that more than 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have already been administered in the United States in his first 150 days in power. However, the celebration is partial since it is unlikely that the goal he had set for July 4 will be reached.
In that sense, the US president warned that the delta variant of the coronavirus would do "a lot of damage" in some areas of his country if the vaccination campaign, which has slowed down in recent weeks, does not advance soon. "We don't have to detain anything, but in some areas, it will do a lot of damage," Biden told reporters at the White House.
The president's reference is that the vaccination rate has slowed down in recent weeks. It is doubtful that the goal set by Biden will be met to move towards a new normal. The president wanted 70% of the nation's adults to receive at least one dose by July 4. That proportion now stands at 65%, without advancing too much overnight, according to the CDC.
Meanwhile, US experts are watching the evolution of the Delta variant in North American territory. This variant, identified for the first time in India and more contagious, already accounts for 10% of all covid-19 cases detected in the United States, indicated this week by the country's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although that proportion is still tiny, health authorities are very concerned that the situation in the United Kingdom will be repeated, where the delta variant is already prevalent and has delayed plans to reopen that country.
Biden insisted. He added that the condition was "potentially more deadly than others and especially dangerous for young people," adding that he was "deeply disturbed" by the situation.
Therefore, he appealed to those who have not yet been fully vaccinated, with two doses in the case of vaccines, so that the country can celebrate the release of the virus as soon as possible.
To accelerate the vaccination campaign, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Atlanta (Georgia) this Friday to try to convince the most skeptical about taking the step within a movement that lasts throughout June. In that context, the Biden administration promoted all kinds of offers from different companies, which reward vaccinated Americans with deliveries of free food, baseball tickets, or beer.
Although the vaccination rate fell in May, it has increased by 17% in the last week, with an average of 1.33 million doses administered per day, according to calculations by The Washington Post. And although health authorities are concerned about the expansion of variants such as the Delta, of Indian origin, the data in the United States continues to be promising: the latest weekly average of COVID-19 cases is 13,997, 6% less than the previous week and 94.4% less than in January, according to the CDC.
Regardless, the United States surpassed 600,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University. Referring to the "sad milestone," Biden once again urged Americans to get vaccinated: "Too many lives are still being lost," the president said.
We have more work to do to deal with this virus. And now is not the time to lower your guard. Please ask the Democratic president to get the drops as soon as possible.
The vaccination campaign also presents a significant disparity by region: while states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey already have more than two-thirds of their population fully vaccinated, others such as Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana have only fully immunized little more. Of a third. The problem is that there is a not inconsiderable percentage of the American population that is reluctant to get vaccinated, regardless of the incentives, the campaigns, and the apparent benefits of vaccines.