Biden Aims To Vaccinate 70% of American Adults by July 4

Headline Roundup May 4th, 2021

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday his new goal of administering at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to 70 percent of American adults by July 4. According to federal data, roughly one-third of the population are currently fully vaccinated. "If we succeed in this effort, as we did with the last, then Americans will have taken a serious step towards returning to normal," Biden said, referring to his previous goal of administering 200 million COVID-19 vaccines before his 100th day in office. Biden said the next phase of the vaccination effort focuses on people who are more hesitant to get the shot. To motivate those who are hesitant, Biden's speech Tuesday pointed to the role of the Trump administration in the vaccines' development, and to CDC guidelines saying that vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks. Biden also said that if the FDA authorizes the vaccine for adolescents, his administration would equip 20,000 pharmacy sites and pediatricians with vaccines in the coming weeks.

The story received coverage across the political spectrum. Some left- and center-rated outlets pointed to polls showing a higher rate of vaccine hesitancy among Republicans. Coverage from the right tended to focus on the logistics needed to meet Biden's goal.

Biden Aims To Vaccinate 70% of American Adults by July 4

From the Right
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President Joe Biden announced a new vaccination goal on Tuesday while providing an update on the pandemic, aiming for 160 million U.S. adults to be fully inoculated against coronavirus by July 4. According to federal data, over 105 million Americans, or nearly 32% of the population, are now fully vaccinated. Biden is also aiming for 70% of the U.S. adult population to have one vaccine shot by July 4, which currently stands at 44.4%, per CDC estimates.

"If we succeed in this effort, as we did with the last, then...

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From the Left
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Joe Biden has announced a goal of ensuring 70% of American adults receive at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine by Independence Day on 4 July.

The US president urged people in their 20s and 30s in particular to get inoculated and said his administration was “ready to move immediately” if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorised the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12 to 15.

“Our goal by July 4th is to have 70% of adult Americans with at least one shot and 160 million Americans fully...

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President Biden announced Tuesday a goal to administer at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine to 70 percent of U.S. adults by July 4, as the country moves to vaccinate harder-to-reach Americans.

Biden, in a speech Tuesday afternoon at the White House, also set a goal to have 160 million U.S. adults fully vaccinated by Independence Day.

Together, those goals will mean about 100 million more shots, both first and second doses, across the next 60 days, a senior administration official said.

The goal also acknowledges a slowdown in...

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