President Joe Biden on Tuesday (May 4) announced a goal to have 70% of U.S. adults vaccinated with at least one COVID-19 shot by the July 4 Independence Day holiday, and urged young people in their 20s and 30s in particular to get inoculated.
The president, who has made fighting the coronavirus a key priority of his administration, had previously announced July 4 as a target date for when Americans can gather in small groups to signal a return to greater normalcy in the middle of the pandemic.
Biden’s new goal comes as the administration faces increasing, though not unexpected, challenges of getting shots into the arms of people who are hesitant about the vaccine.
“We know that there are millions of Americans who just need a little bit of encouragement to get the shot,” he said during his speech at the White House.
Biden also said he would like to hold his proposed summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his June trip to Europe.
“That is my hope and expectation. We’re working on it,” he told reporters.
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