Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

Via Teleconference

11:18 A.M. EST

MR. ZIENTS:  Thank you everybody for joining us today.  Today, we will get a state-of-the-pandemic update from Dr. Walensky, Dr. Fauci will highlight the latest science, and Dr. Nunez-Smith will discuss our focus on equity. 

But first, I want to start by giving an overview of the President’s address to the nation.  Last night, President Biden announced that all Americans will be eligible for vaccinations no later than May 1.  All Americans no later than May 1.  And the President put the nation on a path to get closer to normal by the 4th of July.

As many of you remember, on the President’s first full day in office, he outlined a comprehensive strategy to beat this pandemic.  We’ve spent every day since then executing against that strategy, and we are making progress. 

As you can see on our weekly vaccination progress report, the current seven-day average — the dark bar on the far right — is 2.2 million shots per day.  That’s a new record pace that we will continue to build on. 

On Inauguration Day, only 8 percent of Americans 65 and over had gotten their first vaccination.  Today, that number is nearly 65 percent.  This is important because 80 percent of COVID deaths have been individuals 65 and over.  So we’re making progress, but there’s more work to do.

Last night, Americans…

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