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A medical assistant administering a coronavirus vaccine at a blood bank in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 19. Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP via Getty Images

One in six U.S. adults has been fully vaccinated for the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions' vaccine tracker.

By the numbers: The U.S. has administered a total of 121 million doses and vaccinated 42.9 million people 18 years and older, representing 16.7% of the adult population. Roughly 40.8% of people 65 years and older have been fully vaccinated.

The big picture: The Biden administration on Friday exceeded its goal of administering 100 million doses and now may be aiming for 200 million doses by Biden's 100th day in office.

  • The pace of new infections has stabilized, but the U.S. is still reporting on average more than 50,000 new cases per day — a high plateau, Axios' Sam Baker reports.

Yes, but: NIAID director Anthony Fauci warned Friday that the U.S. needs to step up its vaccine effort to combat the coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom, which may account for up to 30% of new infections across the country.

  • Studies suggest the variant, called B.1.1.7, spreads more easily than the original strain of the virus.

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Rich world’s pandemic selfishness won't be forgotten

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

The failure of rich countries to share vaccines and financial assistance with poorer ones during the pandemic will exacerbate the rise in global poverty and could come back to bite them, Nobel Prize-winning economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee tell Axios.

Why it matters: Duflo initially believed the pandemic would produce a “more cooperative world order” as rich countries felt compelled to show solidarity with the developing world, potentially boding well for future collaboration on issues like climate change. Now she fears the opposite.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Congress passes $2.1B Capitol security funding bill

U.S. Capitol police officers testify during a House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on July 27. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via Xinhua

A $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill is heading to President Biden for his signature after the House and Senate passed the legislation on Thursday.

Why it matters: The legislation provides funding for the Capitol Police, the National Guard and other agencies to cover the costs incurred during the Jan. 6 riot.

Biden details new vaccination initiatives as COVID cases surge

Joe Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden detailed several new initiatives on Thursday to get more Americans vaccinated and slow the spread of the Delta variant.

Why it matters: The plan outlines aggressive next steps from the federal government as COVID-19 cases surge across the country due to the contagious Delta variant and as demand for vaccines has tapered off.

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