Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Atlanta on Friday to urge Americans who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 to continue vaccinating, as the US government is working to overcome the vaccination gap between the black and Hispanic populations of the country.
In a speech at Clark Atlanta University, a historic black college, Harris said: “Some people say,’I will not be vaccinated under any circumstances.'”
“But some people, many people might say,’I haven’t been vaccinated yet because I’m not sure,'” Harris said while standing in front of a sign that said “vaccines.gov” with the slogan “We can do To”.
It’s okay to have problems, Harris said. She urges Atlantans to tell their friends and neighbors: “We can confidently say that vaccines are safe, they are free, and effective.”
President Joe Biden has set a goal to obtain at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine 70% Reach the number of adults in the United States by July 4.But part of the reason the U.S. failed to achieve this goal was Hesitating about vaccination In black and minority communities.
According to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 16 days before Biden’s deadline, 62.1% of the eligible US population (about 176 million people) received at least one dose of the vaccine. According to the CDC, approximately 148 million people, or 52% of the eligible population, have received two doses of the vaccine and are considered “fully vaccinated.”
In Atlanta on Friday, Harris visited the temporary vaccine clinic set up by the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where American civil rights leader Martin Luther King preached in the 1960s and today held a vibrant city in a black-majority city. The African American Church.
When Harris arrived, the clinic was providing COVID-19 vaccination to a group of people wearing blue “Georgia Factory” T-shirts.
“These vaccines are safe and effective. They will save the lives of you and your loved ones,” Harris told the group in an informal speech. Harris urged people to “advertise” to help their friends and neighbors overcome barriers to vaccination, such as the need for childcare services and the fear of needles.
According to health research, urban areas in the United States have been hit hardest by the coronavirus. Although the focus of American cities is to provide vaccines to underserved people, the actual vaccination rate was initially lower than average.
New York City’s data from the early days of the vaccine launch in the United States in March showed that whites are twice as likely to receive the vaccine as African-Americans and Hispanics.
According to a recent report by The Wall Street Journal, the early vaccines launched in New York City were mainly concentrated in white, middle-class, and upper-class communities, while in the ethnic minority communities in Brooklyn, the most populous New York City, the use rate of vaccination sites Lower member of the American Medical Association.
Nationally, the latest CDC data shows that although more than 61% of whites have received at least one dose, less than 13% of blacks have received at least one dose.
Although the vaccination rate for blacks continues to lag, the situation may be improving now. A report released by the Caesars Family Foundation on Wednesday found that “recent trends indicate that across the country, especially among Hispanics, the racial gap in vaccination is narrowing.”
Biden announced at the G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK last week that the US government plans to purchase and 500 million distributed In the next 12 months, 92 low-income countries will be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The President of the United States has Under pressure As the United States achieves sufficient domestic supplies, it will provide more vaccines to poorer countries.
According to Reuters, a White House official said on Friday that the United States had received 300 million COVID-19 vaccines in 150 days.
The United States marks a serious milestone, surpassing 600,000 Data shows that COVID-19 has died in recent days, but the number of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths has dropped to the lowest level since the pandemic began.
In a speech at the White House on Friday, Biden urged unvaccinated Americans to get vaccinated.
“Act now, act now,” Biden said, urging people who have not been vaccinated to talk to other vaccinated people.
Biden warned that hospitalization rates “where people are vaccinated” are declining, but not in other areas. “They are actually rising in some places.”