Currently taking the first dose at a rate of approximately 965 thousand per day
The White House reported on Tuesday that President Joe Biden has set a new vaccination target and that by July 4, 70% of American adults will be given at least one dose.
This goal was set when the government took steps to make it easier for people to get vaccinated and bring the country closer to normal. The goal includes fully vaccinating 160 million adults before Independence Day.
Nationwide, the demand for vaccines has dropped drastically, with some states requiring doses not exceeding half of the vaccine. Biden will require states to provide more doses for walk-in inspections, and will require many pharmacies to do the same.
So far, more than 56% of American adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 105 million people have been fully vaccinated.
The United States is currently administering the first dose at a rate of about 965,000 per day, half of what it was three weeks ago, but almost twice the rate required to reach Biden’s goal.
On the other hand, an official said on Tuesday that the government will begin to modify the allocation of vaccines, sending vaccine doses from states with lower demand to states showing greater interest.
So far, the distribution has been strictly based on the size of the population. The country’s demand for coronavirus vaccines has declined, but in some states, these states have rejected all or part of the weekly allowance. The federal government will send some of these doses to areas with greater demand to speed up the vaccination campaign among them.
The government said that when states refuse to allocate doses, the excess will go to states that are still waiting for the dose to meet demand. When demand increases, vaccines will be provided to those people, which is an important priority for the Biden administration.
The White House informed the governor of this rule on Tuesday morning. The Washington Post was the first to report on the new release.
This week, Iowa rejected nearly 75% of the state’s available dose because demand remains low.
Various states have made similar changes to their internal allocations based on changes in demand. Last week, Washington State changed the way it distributes vaccines to counties. It used to be done in proportion to the population, but Governor Jay Insleee said on Thursday that it will do so in accordance with the requirements of the health authorities in the future.
The official who confirmed the distribution decision spoke on condition of anonymity in anticipation of the official release.