U.S. ‘Turning the Corner’ on Pandemic, Says White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator

By Paul Riegler on 9 May 2021
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The White House in Washington, D.C.

The United States is slowly getting the coronavirus pandemic under control, although officials are cautioning that more Americans must get vaccinated, a White House official said.

“I would say we are turning the corner,” Jeff Zients, the White House Covid-19 response coordinator, told CNN’s Jeff Tapper on the news program  “State of the Union.”

Zients reported that 58% of adults over the age of 18 have received at least one inoculation, a figure confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on Sunday.

Last week President Joseph Biden set a goal of getting 70% of Americans inoculated with at least one shot by the July 4th holiday and having 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by then.

The challenge today is for health officials to continue to build confidence in the coronavirus to ensure more Americans get vaccinated, which in turn will stem the spread of the virus and its variants.

“We’ve got a path ahead of us, which will involve getting people even easier access to the vaccine, making sure that people build their confidence, those who have questions about the vaccine, that we answer their questions, and making sure that we do what we’ve done from the beginning, which is do this in a fair and equitable way,” Zients told Tapper.

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