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WH: 70% of Americans have at least one COVID shot

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSFoxborough, Massachusetts - 31 July 20211. STILL IMAGE of a sign for a mobile coronavirus vaccine clinic is displayed during a New England Patriots NFL football practice at Gillette Stadium ANNOTATION: The US reaches President Joe Biden's goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of adult Americans - a month late.WHITEHOUSE.GOVWashington, DC - 2 August 20212. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeff Zients, White House Coronavirus coordinator: ++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY OVERLAID++"With these ongoing efforts, there's a strong sense of progress and you see it in the number of shots we're getting into people's arms each day. Over the past few weeks, we've seen a nearly 70% increase in the average number of new people getting vaccinated each and every day. In the last seven days alone, three million Americans have gotten their first shot. That's the highest seven day total since July 4th. And just today, we hit 70% of adults with at least one shot, including 90% of seniors with at least one shot. These are significant milestones in our fight against the virus. And it's very important to note in the states with the highest case rates, daily vaccination rates have more than doubled. The eight states with the highest current case rates have seen an average increase of 171% in the number of people newly vaccinated each day over the past three weeks. Louisiana has seen a 302% increase in the newly vaccinated, per day. Mississippi 250%. Alabama 215% and Arkansas 206%. This increase in vaccination rates in states that have been lagging is a positive trend."ASSOCIATED PRESSMinneapolis - 30 July 20213. COVID-19 vaccine signASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 30 July 20214. People wearing masks inside the main hall at Union StationASSOCIATED PRESSDes Plaines, Illinois - 13 May 20215. Close of teen getting shot6. Wide of twin teens waiting to be vaccinated at Cook County Health vaccination siteASSOCIATED PRESSWashington, DC - 2 August 20217. Graphic showing states, percentage increase of vaccinations according to the White HouseSTORYLINE:The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden's goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults -- a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the country. Biden had set a vaccination goal of 70% by the Fourth of July. That figure was the low end of initial government estimates for what would be necessary to achieve herd immunity in the U.S. But that has been rendered insufficient by the highly contagious delta variant, which has enabled the virus to come storming back.There was was no celebration at the White House on Monday, nor a setting of a new target, as the administration instead struggles to overcome skepticism and outright hostility to the vaccine, especially in the South and other rural and conservative areas.Jeff Zients, the White House Coronavirus coordinator said there was "a strong sense of progress," describing reaching the 70% goal a "significant milestones in our fight against the virus."The U.S. still has not hit the administration's other goal of fully vaccinating 165 million American adults by July 4. It is about 8.5 million short. Dr Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden's Chief Medical adviser, said breakthrough infections, when previously vaccinated people contract coronavirus, are rare with a percentage of 0.01% or less. Fauci said there was "good protection" against reinfections until the virus evolved. "So, bottom line is, when you're dealing with a variant, you don't get the kind of protection that you would have hoped to have gotten from a previous infection," he said, adding it was a still good idea to get vaccinated anyway. New cases per day in the U.S. have increased sixfold over the past month to an average of nearly 80,000, a level not seen since mid-February. And deaths per day have climbed over the past two weeks from an average of 259 to 360.Those are still well below the 3,400 deaths and a quarter-million cases per day seen during the worst of the outbreak, in January. But some places around the country are watching caseloads reach their highest levels since the pandemic began. And nearly all deaths and serious illnesses now are in unvaccinated people.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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