Biden sets new COVID vaccination goal for Americans

The president has called for 70% of the U.S. adult population to have at least one shot and 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated by July 4.
2:30 | 05/05/21

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The country is doing pretty well. We continue to make progress on the pandemic. President Biden has laid out a new goal to make sure 70% of Americans have at least one dose by July 4th. Just over 56% now. Making progress with younger American, the fda is poised to offer the pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds and pfizer's aiming to have the vaccine ready for children under 12 by September. That could make a big difference for kids this fall in school. We'll talk with Dr. Francis Collins in a moment but first whit Johnson joins us from a mass vaccination site in white plain, New York. Good morning, whit. Reporter: Robin, good morning. This next phase presents a new set of challenges, the infrastructure is already in place but demand has dropped considerably. President Biden acknowledging that these next two months are pivotal if we hope to win our Independence from the virus. President Biden laying out his administration's newest goals in the fight against the coronavirus getting 70% of adults at least one dose of vaccine and 160 million fully vaccinated by July 4th. That means giving close to 100 million shot, some first shot, others second shots over the next 60 days. Reporter: Adding more vaccine locations, increasing confidence in the shots and getting children between theges of 12 and 15 vaccinated. The fda could expand emergency use authorization of the pfizer vaccine for that age group in the coming days. They're not yet eligible for the vaccine. The fda scientists are currently reviewing decide to decide if and when to authorize that. If that announcement comes, we are ready to move immediately. Reporter: Pfizer announcing Tuesday it hopes to have enough data from several clinical trials to request authorization for children 2 to 11 years old in September and children as young as 6 months in November. 14-month-old Nathan was part of the trial and has already gotten his first shot. His mother says he's doing great. We're very proud of him. I hope when he looks back he'll Freel proud of himself. Reporter: For the first time the white house is changing the way it distributes vaccines to the states. The allotment was based on population but now if one state declines states that could be shifted to another that wants more.

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