On Friday, President Joe Biden
announced that 300 million coronavirus vaccines
had been distributed across the country.
“We’re going to have a very different summer than last year,” he said at a press conference, “a bright summer, frankly, a summer of joy.”
According to Biden, more than 175 million Americans have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination
, and 26 states
, including Washington
, have fully vaccinated 50% or more of their adult populations.
“We have the lowest number of daily deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic
,” the president said.
Biden also reaffirmed his commitment to closing racial disparities in vaccination rates and warned about the persistence of coronavirus variants.
President Biden believes the Delta COVID variant will not result in lockdowns because so many people
have been fully vaccinated, but it "can cause more people to die in areas where people have not been vaccinated" https://t.co/R5ckSKMbkV
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The Biden administration
also announced on Thursday that it would invest $3.2 billion to accelerate the development of antiviral pills to treat COVID-19 and other viruses.
So far, the virus has claimed the lives of over 600,000 Americans.
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