Aug. 2, 2021, 1:25 p.m. EDT

U.S. reaches COVID-19 milestone of 70% of adults receiving at least one vaccine dose: White House

The U.S. reached a COVID-19 milestone on Monday by having 70% of American adults receive at least one dose of a vaccine, according to a tweet from Cyrus Shahpar, White House COVID-19 data director, emergency physician and epidemiologist. President Joe Biden had wanted to reach that goal by the July 4 holiday, but the U.S. vaccine program had slowed sharply in the weeks preceding that date. More than 468,000 doses had been reported to have been administered by early afternoon Monday, including 320,000 that were in newly vaccinated people, up from 257,000 a week ago, said the Shahpar tweet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine tracker shows that, as of Sunday, about 165 million Americans are fully vaccinated, equal to 49.6% of the total population. Among adults 18 and over, 60.5% are fully vaccinated. That means they have had two doses of the vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc. (NYS:PFE) with German partner BioNTech SE (NAS:BNTX) or Moderna Inc. (NAS:MRNA) or one shot of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose regimen. Public health experts have been urging people to get their shots as the highly transmissible delta variant of the virus has cases rising in all 50 states. Coronavirus Update: U.S. COVID-19 daily case tally back at February levels, and patients are getting younger as Florida records highest hospitalizations yet

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