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Biden’s new goal: vaccinating 70% of U.S. adults by 4th of July

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN wants 70 percent of adult Americans vaccinated by July 4 (Shutterstock).

A new goal to vaccinate over two-thirds of all American adults by Independence Day was outlined by President Joe Biden Tuesday.

His goal is to get at least one shot in the arm of at least 70 percent of U.S. adults by July 4.

“You need to get vaccinated,” said Biden, according to the Associated Press. “Even if your chance of getting seriously ill is low, why take the risk? It could save your life or the lives of somebody you know and love.”

So far about 105 million Americans are fully vaccinated, and about 56 percent of adults have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine. That’s about 965,000 “jabs” a day, which the AP reports is a decline from three weeks ago, but sufficient to hit Biden’s goal.

“This is your choice. It’s life and death,” said Biden, according to The New York Times.  The focus now will reportedly shift from mass vaccinations sites such as Disneyland and UC Irvine in Orange County to pharmacies where people can get inoculated without making a reservation or standing in line.

So far, the lowest vaccination rates are in rural areas where residents might have to travel quite a distance to get the vaccine, or who are skeptical of the process for cultural, political or health reasons.

News: India is Ground Zero for COVID-19

India, the world’s second-most populous nation, is now the country with the second-most cases of coronavirus. However, unlike the U.S., which leads in to-date infections, the situation is spiraling out of control.

According to Reuters, in India – with 3.45 million active cases – huge numbers of new cases are being reported each day. In the last 24 hours, another 357,229 more infections were logged, and some medical health experts worry that there may be an undercount.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his administration have avoided the kind of shutdown practiced in the U.S. and other nations, wary of the impact on India’s economy.

Opposition leaders are calling for “a full lockdown” as the only way to keep the COVID-19 from spreading.

Business: Wall Street investors pull back

Cautious about the impact of recovery measures, the stock market turned slightly red on Tuesday. The Dow rose a modest 19.80 points to 34,133.03, but the S&P 500 fell 28 points to 4,164.66 and Nasdaq declined 261.61 to close at 13,633.50.

Sports: LeBron out of lineup again

LEBRON JAMES is out of the lineup again (Lakers/Nathaniel Butler)

LeBron James, the Lakers superstar who led the team to the NBA title last season, is struggling to stay on the court this time around. He has missed 21 games so far because of problems with his right ankle.

Now, according to United Press International, James, 36, will sit out the next two Laker games and could be benched longer than that. He came back to the team last week and played in two losses.

The Lakers started the season red-hot, but have struggled since James and Anthony Davis were hurt. Davis is back, but James’ future remains cloudy.

Tuesday’s games

  • Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 4:30
  • Tampa Bay Rays at Angels, 6:30
  • Toronto Raptors at Clippers, 7

Weather: Take your choice outside

Do you prefer sunny days, or something a little cooler and more cloudy? Well, you will get your choice this weekend in West Orange County. According to forecasts, the weather will shift back and forth over the next week. On Wednesday, skies will be mostly sunny with a daytime high of 81. On Thursday and Friday, it’ll be partly cloudy with highs in the mid-70s. For the weekend, the sun returns on Saturday and Sunday. Conditions will be similar in the coastal Huntington Beach.


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