Vaccine shortages are not an issue in the United States, however, where President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he wanted 70% of American adults to have received at least one shot by the July 4 Independence Day holiday.
As part of their announcement, Biden aides also highlighted a number of funding opportunities aimed at bolstering vaccine access and confidence in local communities, part of a previously reported, $1.5 billion effort to encourage immunizations nationwide.
"If we make progress towards this goal, more and more Americans will gain protection from COVID-19. and America will have taken a serious step toward a return to normal", one official told reporters on a conference call.
While many vaccines have been injected into the arms of Americans, there is still concern among many about the necessity of the vaccine.
He said the federal government would "move immediately" to make the Pfizer vaccine available to Americans as young as 12 years old, if the Food and Drug Administration authorizes it.
Biden also added Wednesday that his administration is working with retail chains and sports leagues to offer deals and promotions for people who get vaccinated in the hopes making vaccinations more "fun".
"I think if you vaccinate 12- to 15-year-olds in the United States before you vaccinate 70-year-olds globally, you're making a awful error", UCSF physician and epidemiologist Vinay Prasad told AFP.
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While younger people are at dramatically lower risk of serious complications from COVID-19, they have made up a larger share of new virus cases as a majority of US adults have been at least partially vaccinated and as higher-risk activities like indoor dining and contact sports have resumed in most of the country. The administration also wants to see 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by then.
When asked if he thought the next phase of the rollout would be more hard, Biden said he thought in one sense, it would be easier, as the hard logistics of producing, purchasing and transporting vaccines are for the most part complete.
Biden suggested that family doctors and pediatricians will play a key role in propelling the vaccination program, as will other community figures. It's a tacit acknowledgment of the declining interest in shots. The administration had previously allocated shots evenly to states, based on adult population, regardless of how many injections were given. The administration had been unwilling to shift doses to states that were faster to administer them out of a concern that rural areas or underserved communities would lose out to urban or richer areas where residents were more willing to get shots.
This week, Iowa turned down almost three-quarters of the vaccine doses available to the state for next week from the federal government because demand for the shots remains weak. "Even just a few weeks ago", she said, "we were in a different phase of our vaccination effort when supply was more constrained, and states for the most part were ordering at or near their full allocation". Just over a third of adults in Arkansas have received at least one dose, one of the lowest totals in the country.
Individual states have made similar shifts internally to account for changing demand. Last week, for the first time, the state did not order every dose it could have, said Dr. Danny Avula, the state vaccine coordinator.
He said the most effective argument to those people would be to protect those they love.