President Joe Biden comments on the COVID-19 response and the state of vaccinations as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on in the Washington Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 21, 2021.
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President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that his administration had met its target of 200 million Covid vaccine shots given during his first 100 days in office, noting that half of the adults in the US and 80% of the Seniors have received at least one shot.
The president originally aimed for 100 million shots in 100 days, a target that has been criticized for being too conservative. The administration achieved this goal in 58 days.
In a speech at the White House, Biden also noted that the country is entering a “new phase” of vaccination efforts after focusing primarily on high-risk groups such as healthcare workers and nursing home residents for the first three months of the rollout.
“The broad swath of American adults are still largely unvaccinated,” he said, adding that “too many younger Americans may still believe they don’t need to be vaccinated.”
As of Monday, all states had extended the right to vaccinate to everyone over the age of 16.
Biden on Wednesday announced a tax credit for employers offering paid vacation-related vaccines.
The US reports nearly 63,000 new Covid infections daily based on a 7-day average of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That number is above the country’s most recent low of 53,600 a day in late March, but has been falling in recent days.
US vaccine shots administered
In the US, an average of 3 million shots a day were reported over the past week, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number has been above 3 million for more than two straight weeks but has declined slightly from a high of 3.4 million reported shots per day on April 13.
The recent decline could be at least partially due to the ongoing discontinuation of the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration advised states earlier this month to suspend the use of J & J’s shot “out of caution” after six women developed a rare bleeding disorder.
Most vaccinated Americans have received the Pfizer and Moderna shots, as J&J accounts for only 8 million of the 216 million total doses given to date. Launched later than the other two, Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot option was used at peak levels averaging nearly 425,000 reported shots per day in mid-April.
US percentage of the vaccinated population
More than 40% of the US population have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, and 26% are fully vaccinated.
US Covid cases
The US reports nearly 63,000 new infections daily based on a 7-day average from Johns Hopkins data, about 18% higher than the country’s most recent low, but a slight decrease from the past few days.
In Michigan, which still has the highest rate of new cases per capita in the country, the outbreak could slow down. After weeks of spike that brought daily case numbers close to the state’s pandemic highs, the seven-day average there has fallen nearly 20% from its previous high. According to Johns Hopkins data, Michigan is currently reporting an average of 6,400 new cases per day, compared to nearly 7,900 a week ago.
However, hospital stays and deaths that lag behind reported cases are still increasing in the state. Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer has asked the federal government to send additional doses of vaccine to help control the outbreak.
US Covid deaths
About 700 Covid deaths are reported daily in the US, according to a weekly average from Johns Hopkins data.
Biden said Wednesday that the death toll among seniors has dropped dramatically, largely due to the high vaccination rate for that age group.
“Even so, far too many lives have been lost, but many lives have also been saved,” he said.