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President Biden speaks before signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on June 17. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden announced Friday that 300 million coronavirus shots have been administered in the United States in the last 150 days.

The big picture: More than 175 million Americans have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot and infection rates, as well as deaths, have decreased by more than 90%, according to the White House.

  • The president's announcement comes less than one month before July 4, which Biden had previously set as the goal to get 160 million Americans fully vaccinated and 70% to have received at least one shot.

By the numbers: 65% of American adults have received at least one shot, and 55% of adults are fully vaccinated.

  • 87% of seniors and 74% of adults 40 and over have received at least one shot.
  • At least 70% of adults have gotten at least one shot in 15 states and Washington, D.C.
  • 26 states and D.C. have fully vaccinated 50% or more of adults.

What he's saying: "We're heading into, God willing, the summer of joy, the summer of freedom," Biden said.

  • "On July 4, we're going to celebrate our independence from the virus as we celebrate [the] independence of our nation."

Yes, but: Biden urged Americans who are not yet vaccinated to receive the vaccine, warning of the more infectious variant — known as B.1.617.2 (or Delta) — which is spreading throughout the country, Axios' Alison Snyder and Eileen Drage O'Reilly report.

Go deeper

Sep 25, 2021 - Health

More virus, more risk, more social distancing

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

When the Delta variant caused coronavirus infections to spike over the summer, Americans began thinking of COVID as a larger risk and resumed social distancing.

Why it matters: Life won't look normal until there's much less virus around — even if the majority of the population is vaccinated — as millions of people will voluntarily try to avoid it.

Go deeper: America's mismatched COVID fears

Sep 25, 2021 - Health

America has fallen behind on vaccinations

Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The U.S. has fallen from the top of the world's list of most-vaccinated countries, largely due to the substantial percentage of Americans who don't want the vaccine.

What we're watching: Vaccine mandates are becoming much more common in the U.S., and children under 12 will likely become eligible for vaccines within the next few months — both of which should help boost the vaccination rate here.

Sep 26, 2021 - Health

New York prepares for staff shortages from health vaccine mandate

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul during a news conference Tuesday in New York City. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced Saturday she would declare a state of emergency if there were health worker shortages due to New York's upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Why it matters: Hochul moved to reassure concerns of staffing shortages in the health care sector in a statement that also outlined plans to call in medically trained National Guard members, workers from outside New York and retirees if necessary when the mandate takes effect Monday.