Half of all adults in the United States have now received full COVID-19 vaccines, the White House said.
“Now 50 percent of all American adults are fully vaccinated,” tweeted the COVID-19 data director for the White House.
U.S. President Joe Biden has set a target of having 70% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4, the country’s Independence Day holiday. The current figure is almost 62%.
The halfway mark comes as federal, state and local leaders press ahead with delivering COVID-19 shots to people who have not yet received them, while also battling vaccine hesitancy, fears and misinformation.
New coronavirus infections nationwide have settled into a sustained decline as more people become vaccinated.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director said the seven-day average case count in the United States is now below 23,000 per day, down about 25% from the prior week.