phosphorusResidents Joe Biden Urge Americans to be vaccinated on national holidays to jointly achieve “independence” from the coronavirus. Biden said in the White House garden on Sunday night (local time), Independence Day, that vaccination is the “most patriotic” thing citizens can do now. “So please: If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, do it. Do it now. For yourself, for your loved ones, for your community, for your country.”
Biden emphasized that as a result of the vaccination campaign, the United States is “closer than ever to declaring its independence from the deadly virus.” The virus has not been defeated, and new dangerous variants have emerged. Biden said: “But the best defense against these variants is vaccination.” Because of vaccination, the virus no longer controls people’s lives, “it no longer paralyzes our country, we have the ability to ensure that it does not happen again. “.
Biden celebrated the holiday by holding a large barbecue for about 1,000 invited guests in the garden of the White House. These include many soldiers, health workers and their families. After sunset, the usual July 4th fireworks are set off on the Washington Historic Promenade not far from the National Mall in the White House. Thousands of people gathered there. At night, TV footage also showed crowds in other cities such as Nashville and New York at noisy celebrations and open-air concerts.
70% of targets missed
This year’s Independence Day is also particularly important, because Biden hopes to achieve new vaccination goals by then. However, despite many vaccination incentives and a large supply of vaccines, the goal has not been achieved. By Sunday, 70% of adults should have at least one dose of the vaccine. However, CDC data shows that so far, only 67%, or 173 million people, have received at least the first vaccine. 58% of adults have been fully vaccinated.
The White House admitted at the end of June that it could not achieve the vaccination target. On average, about 1 million people are vaccinated every day-far below the more than 3 million during the peak of spring vaccination campaigns. Of the total population of approximately 330 million, 55% have now received at least the first injection. There is one more thing in Germany.
Suspicion of major events
Biden’s Barbecue Festival was the largest event held at the White House since he took office in January, when only a few million people in the country were vaccinated. However, some health professionals are concerned about the government’s return to major events. They worry that given the rapid spread of the coronavirus, such celebrations may give people the false impression that the pandemic is over and they can be celebrated again at will.
Especially in more rural areas, the vaccination rate is sometimes far below the national average, and the number of new infections has recently risen again. On average, there are now 13,000 new infections every day across the country.
Many states have provided incentives, such as large cash rewards, to encourage unwilling people to get vaccinated. However, surveys indicate that the vaccination campaign may now be progressing more and more slowly, because about 20% of Americans refuse to get vaccinated. The negative attitude of Republicans is especially common.
In the United States, BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines are mainly used. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines are less effective, and AstraZeneca’s vaccines have not been approved. The government has obtained large quantities of vaccines and has begun to distribute millions of doses of vaccines to other countries.