Joe Biden touts 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses given in the US, warns of Delta variant

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden announced Friday the U.S. has administered 300 million COVID-19 shots in 150 days, a milestone moment in the campaign to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

“What we’re seeing is a truly American accomplishment, 65% of American adults have gotten at least one shot, including 87% of our seniors. Just five months ago we were at only 5% of adult Americans,” Biden said during remarks on the COVID-19 pandemic at the White House.

As of Friday morning, nearly 315 million shots have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Biden also touted closing the racial gap in vaccinations.

President Joe Biden speaks about reaching 300 million COVID-19 vaccination shots, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ORG XMIT: DCEV311 (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

“More than 58% of shots administered by federally run vaccination sites have gone to people of color. Across the nation people of color have accounted for more than half of all vaccinations in the last month,” Biden said. 

“The more we close the racial gap in vaccination rates, the more lives we’ll save,” the president added.

Earlier this month, Biden announced a monthlong effort to persuade more Americans to receive the vaccine. The announcement included a “Shots at the Shop,” initiative that brought together 1,000 Black-owned barbershops and beauty salons to serve as vaccination locations.

During his remarks, Biden warned the nation about the need to get vaccinated and the dangers of a COVID-19 Delta variant, which devastated India last month.

“The best way to protect yourself against these variants is to get fully vaccinated,” Biden said. 

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