Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Atlanta on Friday to encourage Americans who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 to go ahead and receive blows as the U.S. government seeks to overcome disparities in vaccine delivery between the black and Hispanic populations of the country.
“There are a lot of people who say,‘ Under no circumstances will I get vaccinated, ’” Harris said in remarks to Clark University in Atlanta, a historically black university.
“But there are a lot of people, a lot of people might say, ‘I haven’t been vaccinated yet because I’m not sure,'” Harris said, in front of a sign that says “vaccines.gov” with the slogan “We can do this.”
It’s good to have questions, Harris said, and ordered the Atlantans to tell their friends and neighbors, “We can say with confidence that vaccines are safe, are free and are effective.”
President Joe Biden has set a goal of getting at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine 70 percent of American adults as of July 4th. But the United States is short of that goal in part because of it hesitation to take the vaccine between black and minority communities.
Just 16 days from the Biden expiration date, 62.1 percent of the U.S. population eligible for vaccination, about 176 million people, have received at least one dose, according to the latest data from the Centers. for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some 148 million people, or 52 percent of the eligible population, have received two doses and are considered “completely vaccinated,” according to the CDC.
On Friday in Atlanta, Harris visited a pop-up vaccination clinic set up in Ebenezer Baptist Church, where U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. preached in the 1960s and now hosts a vibrant African-American congregation in the majority of the black city. .
The clinic provided COVID-19 vaccinations to a group of people wearing blue “Georgia works” T-shirts when Harris arrived.
“These vaccines are safe and effective.” It will save your life and the lives of the people you love, ”Harris told the group in informal remarks. Harris encouraged people to“ make the word known ”to help their friends and neighbors overcome obstacles. to vaccinate as they need child care and fear of needles.
U.S. urban areas have been more affected by the coronavirus and, despite a focus in U.S. cities on providing vaccines to underserved populations, effective vaccination rates were initially lower than average, according to studies health.
New York data in the early days of the U.S. vaccine spread in March showed that white people were twice as likely to get the vaccine as African Americans and Hispanics.
Early vaccination spreads in New York City were focused primarily on white, medium and high-rise neighborhoods, while access to vaccination sites was lower in Brooklyn’s minority neighborhoods, New York’s most populous neighborhood, according to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Nationally, the latest CDC data indicates that while more than 61 percent of whites have received at least one dose, less than 13 percent of blacks have received at least one dose.
That may now improve, even if the vaccination rate among Blacks continues to lag. A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation published Wednesday found “recent trends suggest a narrowing of racial gaps in vaccinations at the national level, particularly for Latinos.”
Biden announced at the G7 summit in Cornwall, UK, last week the US government planned to buy and distributes 500 million COVID-19 vaccines dose to 92 nations at lower yields in the next 12 months.
The American president has been under pressure to make more vaccines available to the poorest nations as the United States has implemented an adequate supply in the country.
The United States has administered 300 million COVID-19 vaccines in 150 days, a White House official said Friday, according to Reuters news agency.
The US has marked a sad stage, overcoming it 600,000 COVID-19 deaths in recent days, but new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have dropped to the lowest levels since the beginning of the pandemic, data show.
In remarks scheduled for later Friday, Biden should “clarify that there is more work to be done” to ensure an equitable response to the pandemic even as the United States recovers from the pandemic, according to a White House aide.
“The results are clear: America is starting to look like America again, and is entering a summer of joy and freedom,” the White House said.