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US hits 70% vaccination rate -- a month late, amid a surge

The U.S. has reached President Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID shot in the arms of 70% of American adults. But the milestone comes a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant.

8/2/2021 11:42:00 PM

The U.S. has reached President Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID shot in the arms of 70% of American adults. But the milestone comes a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant.

The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden ’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults -- a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the country.

“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.

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ADVERTISEMENTBiden had set a vaccination goal of 70% by the Fourth of July. That figure was the low end of initial government estimates for what would be necessary to achieve herd immunity in the U.S. But that has been rendered insufficient by the highly contagious delta variant, which has enabled the virus to come storming back.

There was was no celebration at the White House on Monday, nor a setting of a new target, as the administration instead struggles to overcome skepticism and outright hostility to the vaccine, especially in the South and other rural and conservative areas. headtopics.com

The U.S. still has not hit the administration’s other goal of fully vaccinating 165 million American adults by July 4. It is about 8.5 million short.New cases per day in the U.S. have increased sixfold over the past month to an average of nearly 80,000, a level not seen since mid-February. And deaths per day have climbed over the past two weeks from an average of 259 to 360.

Those are still well below the 3,400 deaths and a quarter-million cases per day seen during the worst of the outbreak, in January. But some places around the country are watching caseloads reach their highest levels since the pandemic began. And nearly all deaths and serious illnesses now are in unvaccinated people.

The surge has led states and cities across the U.S. to beat a retreat, just weeks after it looked as if the country was going to see a close-to-normal summer.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.ADVERTISEMENT headtopics.com

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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.Minnesota’s public colleges and universities will require masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. New Jersey said workers at state-run nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals and other such institutions must get the shot or face regular testing.

North Carolina’s governor ordered state employees to cover up indoors if they are not fully vaccinated.White House press secretary Jen Psaki said a nationwide vaccination requirement “is not on the table,” but noted that employers have the right to take such a step.

The U.S. Senate saw its first disclosed breakthrough case of the virus, with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina saying he has mild symptoms.In Florida, it took two months last summer for the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 to jump from 2,000 to 10,000. It took only 27 days this summer for Florida hospitals to see that same increase, said Florida Hospital Association President Mary Mayhew.

She noted also that this time, 96% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated and they are far younger, many of them in their 20s and 30s.Amid the surge, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis doubled down on his anti-mask, anti-lockdown stance, warning in a fundraising email over the weekend: “They’re coming for your freedom again.” headtopics.com

While setting a national vaccination goal may have been useful for trying to drum up enthusiasm for the shots, 70% of Americans getting one shot was never going to be enough to prevent surges among unvaccinated groups. And when he announced the goal, Biden acknowledged it was just a first step.

It’s the level of vaccinations in a community — not a broad national average — that can slow an outbreak or allow it to flourish.Vaccination rates in some Southern states are far lower than they are New England. Vermont has fully inoculated nearly 78% of its adult population. Alabama has just cracked 43%.

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___Associated Press writers Kelli Kennedy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Michelle Liu in Columbia, South Carolina, and Gary Robertson in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this report. Read more: The Associated Press »

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Yes, 70% have had a FIRST SHOT And 50% are fully vaccinated So no the goal was not reached because the deadline was 7/04/21 so STOP SPINNING NEWS! That % must hit 85% due to the increase in infections and the 2nd vaccinations need to hit 75%, unless these in infecting people gets worse. LOL that anyone could note 'a month late' and make that the story rather than Biden pulled off a miracle

GET YOUR SHOT AND WEAR YOUR MASK OUTSIDE YOUR HOME BASE nixonron “A month late.” “Fierce surge” yeah, right….. IT DONT MATTER AT LEAST 70% ARE VAXX NOW GET THE SPREADERS!!!UNVAXX !! Thank a trumper for the surge. bunch of lies. why are all the homeless not dead then? how many shot will you get before your realize the scam? this is America people. not nazi Germany and never will be

U.S. reaches 70% Covid vaccine milestone for adults about a month behind Biden's goalWhile the vaccine milestone is a significant achievement, it should be seen as a floor, rather than a ceiling, health experts say. 100% Fake News 100% Propaganda The MSM is the enemy of the people

ImGreenGuru POTUS VP please remind that 🇺🇸 can deliver the 💉 💉2 the 🪳🪳but you can’t make 🪳🪳take the 💉💉 idiots GetVaccinated its all lies kevrector Imagine how less fierce the surge could be if millions more people were fully vaccinated by July 4… Late? Lol. It’s not late, it’s past his lofty, self imposed deadline, but not late

Great! We’re done now.

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The University of Southern Mississippi is paying tuition and housing for some vaccinated students to encourage them to get the shotMississippi has one of the country's lowest vaccination rates and is experiencing a COVID-19 surge that's putting ICUs near capacity. 'some' That is absolute bullshit. We should not have to bribe people to do the right thing. We need to put away the carrots and pull out the stick. You don’t want to get vaccinated? Stay at home and figure out your own science when you get sick. Good luck that

Unvaccinated Hospital Patients Ask for COVID-19 VaccineAs COVID-19 hospitalizations rise in areas with low vaccination rates, patients are asking for a vaccine, but it's often 'too late,' one doctor said. Misinformation—This story was found to be false, the doctor apparently doesn’t even work for that hospital. Probably ought to do some research before you post a story. The real Increase is in most vaccinated places.

U.S. reaches 70% Covid vaccine milestone for adults about a month behind Biden's goalWhile the vaccine milestone is a significant achievement, it should be seen as a floor, rather than a ceiling, health experts say. 100% Fake News 100% Propaganda The MSM is the enemy of the people