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The White House on Tuesday conceded that the US won’t reach President Biden’s goal of getting 70 percent of American adults to receive at least one COVID-19 shot by the Fourth of July. Jeff Zients, Biden’s COVID-19 response coordinator, blamed not being on track to hit the July 4 target on the lagging vaccination rates among adults 18 to 26, saying the administration has “more work to do” with the demographic. “We think it’ll take a few extra weeks to get to 70 percent of all adults with at least one shot with the 18- to 26-year-olds factored in,” Zients said at a press briefing. However, Zients insisted that the vaccination campaign “succeeded beyond our highest expectations.” “We set 70 percent of adults as our aspirational target. And we have met or exceeded it for most of the adult population,” he said. Currently, at least 70 percent of adults ages 30 and older have received at least one vaccine shot, and the country is on track to hit the same target for those 27 and older by July 4, according to Zients.

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