The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that 70% of all U.S. adults or 180,762,301 people had received at least one dose of vaccine as of Monday.
The report also said that 164,919,666 people or 49.7% of the total population were fully vaccinated.
CDC said that they have administered 346,924,345 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of Monday morning and distributed 400,674,965 doses more.
President Joe Biden had originally aimed to administer at least one dose to 70% of U.S. adults by July 4.
“We need to have at least 80% of the population vaccinated to truly have some form of herd immunity,” said Dr. Paul Offit, a voting member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.
Dr. Natasha Bhuyan, a family physician with One Medical in Phoenix, said that while the 70% nationwide mark is noteworthy, local communities with lower vaccination rates are still worrisome.
U.S. health officials maintained that the Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are highly protective against the Delta variant especially against severe disease and death.
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