By Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster Health Day Reporters
THURSDAY June 3, 2021 (HealthDay News)
In a bid to convince hesitant Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced a host of new vaccination benefits thanks to a private sector initiative.
“Despite all the progress we are making as a country, if you are not vaccinated you are still at risk of becoming seriously ill or dying or spreading the disease to others, especially when Americans spend more time again. of time indoors, tightly gathered in the fall, “Biden said in his speech announcing the seductions.
The administration hopes the partnership with private companies will help it meet its goal of at least one injection in 70 percent of American adults by July 4.
Perks include free food delivery, baseball tickets, Xboxes, and chances to win cruise tickets, year-long races, and free plane flights, the Washington post reported.
While announcing the incentives, the White House also launched a handful of community outreach initiatives, including local media coverage, providing resources to colleges, and recruiting 1,000 brand-owned hair and beauty salons. Blacks across the country to participate in immunization efforts.
The most aggressive push to vaccinate Americans comes when just under 63% of American adults have received at least one dose of a vaccine, the To post reported, but demand is declining.
The latest vaccination efforts will include canvassing and phone and SMS banking to reach people in areas with low vaccination rates, Biden noted.
âWe need everyone across the country to come together to get us across the finish line,â he said.
Vaccination rates vary widely across the country: some states have administered at least one dose to two-thirds of the population, while others have reached just over one-third. The conservative regions of the country, in particular, have lower vaccination rates, the To post reported.
âGetting the vaccine is not a partisan act,â Biden said. “The science was done under the Democratic and Republican administrations. In fact, the first vaccines were licensed under a Republican president.”
Private sector incentives include a raffle hosted by CVS to win free cruises, Super Bowl LVI tickets, and cash prizes; DoorDash gift cards; free tickets to Major League Baseball matches for people vaccinated in stadiums; Xbox distributed by Microsoft through Boys and Girls Clubs in the most affected areas; free grocery store from Kroger; and a raffle organized by United Airlines to win one year of free flights. Anheuser-Busch also announced that it will offer free drinks if the country meets Biden’s 70% target.
To increase accessibility to vaccines for parents, the White House also said that four of the nation’s largest child care providers will offer free child care to all parents and guardians getting vaccinated or recovering. vaccination by July 4.
US to send millions of doses of vaccine to countries in need
The United States will soon send millions of doses of the coronavirus vaccine around the world, including Latin America, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Tuesday.
Yet it is still unclear exactly where these doses will go and when they will be delivered to the countries in desperate need of them.
âOver the next week to two weeks, we will announce the process by which we will distribute these vaccines,â Blinken said at a press briefing in San JosÃ©, Costa Rica, on Washington To post reported.
President Joe Biden has pledged to give 80 million doses to other countries by the end of June. But no further details were provided, as stiff global competition for vaccines has left many developing countries far behind developed countries.
In Costa Rica, the country of 5 million people recently imposed nationwide driving restrictions to reduce pressure on hospitals overloaded with COVID-19 patients. Blinken and Costa Rican President Alvarado Quesada were invited to the press conference on whether Costa Rica would receive doses this summer on To post reported.
“We are eagerly awaiting what the United States will announce on vaccines,” Quesada told reporters at the presidential palace in San JosÃ©. “We hope to be among the countries that receive this.”
In Washington, the distribution of vaccines in Latin America by China and Russia was seen as part of a strategic competition.
Beijing has shipped more than 165 million doses of its vaccine to Latin America and the Caribbean. Some Latin American countries are now heavily dependent on Chinese-made vaccines, including El Salvador, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, To post mentionned.
Meanwhile, the United States has focused on vaccinating its own population, distributing just 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Canada and Mexico while pledging $ 4 billion for Covax, the international platform supported by the World Health Organization, which donates vaccines to countries in need To post reported.
The coronavirus pandemic initially damaged China’s public image after becoming the global epicenter of the outbreak, but the rapid distribution of its vaccines changed the conversation despite some questions about the effectiveness of its jabs, said the newspaper.
On Tuesday, Blinken stressed that the United States will not attach conditions to its vaccine donations, the To post reported.
âWe are going to focus on fairness,â he said. âWe will focus on science. We will work in coordination with Covax and we will distribute vaccines without political demands from those who receive them.
As of Thursday, the number of coronavirus cases in the United States exceeded 33.3 million, while the death toll exceeded 595,800, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University. Globally, more than 171.7 million cases were reported as of Thursday, with nearly 3.7 million deaths from COVID-19.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information on the novel coronavirus.
SOURCES: Washington post
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