U.S. Hits Biden’s 70% Vax Rate Goal, Washington Still Masking, Delta Spiking

America has reached Joe Biden’s 70% vaccination rate goal, but Washington, D.C., is still mandating face coverings, delta variant still “spiking.”

  • The White House announced Monday that the U.S. has surpassed Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one coronavirus vaccine dose to 70% of Americans, according to CNBC.
  • Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “shows 70% of U.S. adults have had at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine.”
  • White House Covid-19 Data Director Cyrus Shahpar said on Twitter that at least 70 percent of adults have at least one shot, notes Politico.
  • Despite the nation’s high vaccination rate, the Delta variant of the coronavirus is still “spiking.”
  • Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser’s reinstated mandate went into effect Saturday.
  • The mandate “requires residents over the age of 2 to wear face masks indoors, regardless of vaccination,” according to Fox News.
  • 54% of the DC’s residents are vaccinated, according to city data.
WHAT NOW?:
  • Health officials are setting new goals: “We need to have at least 80% of the population vaccinated to truly have some form of herd immunity,” Dr. Paul Offit, a voting member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, said in a recent interview.
BACKGROUND:
  • When Biden set his sights on the 70% goal in May, he wanted the milestone to be hit by the Fourth of July.
  • U.S. health officials continue to promote vaccines even though studies cited by the CDC show that nearly 75% of those who become infected with the coronavirus had been fully vaccinated.
  • 233 vaccinated San Francisco health workers also recently caught COVID.
  • CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says that vaccinated people “can transmit the virus.”
  • Vaccinated Olympic athletes have had to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics because they’ve tested positive for Covid-19.