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COVID-19: Biden calls for more vaccination of citizens

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Puts US death toll at above 600,000

THE United States President, Joe Biden has urged Americans to  ramp up COVID-19 vaccination as death toll from the pandemic soars above 600,000 according to Johns Hopskin University report.

  The US president made this call while reacting to  data released by Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday, while expressing sadness in the latest milestone.

  The United States has racked up by far the largest death toll of the pandemic, ahead of Brazil and India prompting President Biden to urge Americans to press on with vaccinations.

  “We have more work to do to beat this virus. And now is not the time to let our guard down. Please get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Biden stated.

  Adding, “though the daily number of death has dropped sharply since the peak of the pandemic, there’s still too many lives being lost. The continued loss of life is still a real tragedy.”

  The president expressed his deep emotions to families who have lost their dear ones to the virus.

  “My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one,” Biden was quoted while speaking in Brussels on Monday, as the tally ticked close to 600,000.”

  It will be recalled that the massive vaccination campaign has been pushed by US health authorities since the authorisation of the first vaccines in December, and peaked in April, with up to more than four million shots a day.

  Source says, the pace has slowed rapidly since then, and unvaccinated people falling vulnerable to the disease.

  US health officials say, just over 52 per cent of the US population, or 174 million people have already received at least one dose of one of the three vaccines authorised in the country.

  Biden has set a goal of 70 per cent of adults to have received at least one shot by the national holiday of July 4, but the program may fall short of that goal.

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