White House officials won’t say whether they believe the U.S. will meet President BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia MORE‘s goal of getting 70 percent of adults partially vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 4.

But even if that goal is not met, administration officials insist it won’t negatively impact the country’s overall recovery.

When asked directly about the goal during a press briefing Thursday, White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsBiden meets with UK’s Johnson ahead of G-7 Overnight Health Care: White House unveils plan to donate 25M vaccine doses abroad | US COVID-19 cases, deaths fall to lowest levels since March 2020 | Poll: Majority support Medicare negotiations for drug prices White House unveils plan to donate 25 million vaccine doses abroad MORE did not directly answer.

“We’ve made tremendous progress. Today more than 175 million Americans have gotten at least one shot …  hundreds of thousands of people are continuing to get their first shot each day, and we are going to get to 70 percent, and we’re going to continue across the summer months to push beyond 70 percent,” Zients said. 

More than 167 million American adults — 64.7 percent — have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of vaccinations has fallen off significantly, dropping from a peak of nearly 2.5 million people a day in mid-April to fewer than 400,000.

On Sunday, Biden press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden, Putin begin high-stakes summit in Geneva Bishops to debate banning communion for president Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin MORE acknowledged that many states have not yet met the 70 percent goal, but contended there is still time, as the White House has focused its efforts into a “month of action” campaign to make vaccination as easy as possible for as many people as possible. 

“Look, at the end of the day, it is — at this point, what the government can do is we can provide the resources, we can incentivize, we can provide the funding, the vaccine supply, and work with states and localities to do everything we can — and in the private sector — to incentivize people to get shots in their arms.  It is ultimately up to individuals to do that,” Psaki said. 

“What you’ve seen is that a number of states have met and surpassed that goal, right? Many have not yet. But we’ve started — kicked off this one-month campaign to do everything we can to reach it. And we’ll see where we get. We’ve got some time,” she added.

But the state-to-state variation is stark. Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, for example, have not yet reached even 50 percent of adults. 

Meanwhile all of New England, New York, Washington state, California and most of the mid-Atlantic have reached 70 percent coverage among adults.

But as cases across the country continue to decline and states lift any remaining restrictions, experts think convincing the remaining holdouts will be especially challenging. 

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciNevada man present at Capitol insurrection announces gubernatorial bid Overnight Health Care: US surpasses 600K COVID-19 deaths | Federal watchdog to examine NIH grants, likely including Wuhan funding CDC labels highly transmissible delta strain a COVID-19 ‘variant of concern’ MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases doctor, said Thursday the vaccination effort will continue regardless.

“Opening up is not synonymous with stopping the push to vaccinate people,” Fauci said.

“So I think people should not misinterpret that because the city or a state is opening up that they’re done. No, they’re not. We’re going to continue to push vaccination, beyond the Fourth of July, into the summer — so get as many people vaccinated as we possibly can, whether you’re open as a state or a city or not. That’s the goal.”

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