Washington — President Biden is setting a new target of having 160 million U.S. adults fully vaccinated and 70% of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4, ramping up efforts to reach rural areas and communities where the pace of vaccinations has slowed.
Mr. Biden is set to announce the new goals in remarks at the White House on Tuesday. The White House said the administration is launching new campaigns to achieve the goal by directing pharmacies to offer walk-in vaccines, deploying mobile vaccination clinics, increasing funding for community outreach and encouraging young people to get vaccinated if and when a shot is approved for use in adolescents.
As of Monday, more than 104 million adults, or 40% of the adult population, were fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The percentage of adults who have had at least one shot stood at 56.3%.
How to watch President Biden's remarks
- What: President Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and vaccine distribution
- Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
- Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
- Location: State Dining Room, The White House, Washington, D.C.
- Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device
The moves come ahead ofto authorize Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine for use among adolescents by early next week.
The new push also comes as states have begun to lift pandemic-related restrictions and demand for the shots has slowed. The Biden administrationon Tuesday that it is shifting deployment of vaccine doses to allow unordered shots to be sent to other states where demand is higher, multiple officials familiar with the plan told CBS News.
Under the new plan, if a state doesn't need as many doses as it has been allotted based on its population, those doses will be diverted into a new federal pool that could be tapped by other states with higher demand. States could order up to 50% more than their weekly allotment, the officials said. But they stressed it is not a “use or or lose it” system.
At least 25 states told CBS News they did not order all the available doses allocated to them for this week.
The CDC unveiled updated guidelines last week detailing activities that vaccinated people can safely resume, including the relaxing of mask usage in most outdoor settings. More than 577,000 Americans have died from the virus, and there were nearly 30,000 new cases on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Corey Rangel, Ed O'Keefe and Max Bayer contributed reporting.
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