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For the first time since the start of the pandemic over a year ago, Covid-19 cases are on the decline in all 50 states, Biden said at a White House press conference on progress of the country in the fight against the virus. This progress could still be reversed, he said, especially in states where a small percentage of people have been vaccinated.
“We know there will be progress and setbacks and we know there are many pushes that could come,” Biden said. “But if the unvaccinated get vaccinated, they will protect themselves and other unvaccinated people around them. “
He said it would be an unnecessary “tragedy” to see Covid cases increase among those not getting vaccinated.
“I want to thank the American people who mobilized and fulfilled their patriotic duty and got vaccinated,” he said.
Biden’s comments on Monday were just his latest attempt to get Americans vaccinated as quickly as possible.
As of Monday, more than 154 million American adults, or 59.7% of American adults, had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC, about 121 million American adults, or 47.1% of American adults, are fully vaccinated.
Biden said getting the Covid vaccine was “easier than ever,” with many vaccination sites across the United States offering walk-in tours.
On Thursday, the CDC announced in updated public health guidelines that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a face mask or stay six feet from others in most environments, whether in outside or inside. Many public health experts saw the move as yet another push by the administration to get vaccinated.
Earlier Monday, the White House announced that the United States was planning to send millions of additional doses of the Covid vaccine to foreign countries still stricken by the pandemic.
At least 20 million doses of vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will be shipped by the end of June, the White House said. This is in addition to the 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that are also expected to ship by then, pending regulatory clearance in the United States.