The target set by Joe Biden of 70% of the adult population with at least one injection of the anti-Covid vaccine by July 4, the national holiday, will be missed, a White House official said on Tuesday.
This is the first missed target in terms of vaccination for the American president, who had made the ramping up of the immunization campaign his priority at the start of his mandate.
That goal will be achieved “for adults 27 and older” by July 4, said Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 coordinator.
“We think it will take a few more weeks to reach 70% of all adults with at least one dose” received, he added during a press briefing.
So far, 65.4% of people aged 18 and over have received at least one dose of one of the three vaccines authorized in the country.
And the current vaccination rate will not reach 70% in less than two weeks. A few days ago, it stood at around 850,000 daily injections on average, according to data from health authorities, a figure that also includes children and adolescents vaccinated from 12 years old with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.
The objective, announced by the Democratic president in early May, should thus be missed by a few percentage points.
Joe Biden was also targeting 160 million fully vaccinated Americans by the same date: at the moment, 10 million people are missing to cross that bar.
This goal should be reached by “mid-July”, according to Zients.
16 states out of 50 as well as the federal capital Washington have crossed the threshold of 70% of adults with at least one dose of vaccine. These include those located on both coasts of the United States. But the disparities are great with other much more resistant states, such as Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana or even Wyoming.