The White House announced on Monday it had finally hit its target of delivering at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 70 percent of the adult population.
President Biden had set a July 4 target, promising a ‘summer of freedom’ as the country reopened. The milestone comes as the US battles a surge in coronavirus cases, fueled by the highly infectious Delta variant. White House COVID-19 data director Cyrus Shahpar made the announcement on Twitter. “Milestone Monday just in: Today we hit 70% of adults w/ at least one dose! +468K doses reported administered, incl. 320K newly vaccinated (vs. 257K last Monday),” he wrote. “7-day average of newly vaccinated highest since July 4. Let’s continue working to get more eligible vaccinated!”
Many cities have ordered nearly everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear masks again in all indoor public settings, including schools and colleges. Other cities and states likewise moved to reinstate precautions to counter a crisis blamed on the fast-spreading variant and stubborn resistance to getting the vaccine. Denver’s mayor said the city will require police officers, firefighters and certain other municipal employees to get vaccinated, along with workers at schools, nursing homes, hospitals and jails.
“As quickly as we can discharge them they’re coming in and they’re coming in very sick. We started seeing entire families come down,” lamented Dr. Sergio Segarra, chief medical officer of Baptist Hospital Miami. The Florida medical-center chain reported an increase of over 140% in the past two weeks in the number of people now hospitalized with the virus.
Health officials in San Francisco and six other Bay Area counties announced Monday they are reinstating a requirement that everyone — vaccinated or not — wear masks in public indoor spaces. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York City airport and transit workers will have to get vaccinated or face weekly testing. He stopped short of mandating either masks or inoculations for the general public, saying he lacks legal authority to do so.
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