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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.

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Biden to GOP governors who resist COVID rules: "Get out of the way"

President Biden speaks at the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden spoke out Tuesday against Republican governors who've sought to block vaccine and mask mandates, as COVID-19 cases spike across the U.S.

Why it matters: Biden has tried to avoid making the pandemic a partisan issue, but the Washington Post notes the White House "has grown increasingly frustrated" with Republican leaders looking to obstruct health measures.

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Israel reinstates COVID-19 restrictions as cases surge

Elderly residents wait to receive their third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a medical center in Tel Aviv on Aug. 2. Photo: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Israel announced Tuesday it will tighten public health measures due to surging in COVID-19 case numbers.

Driving the news: The latest restrictions come as Israel saw nearly 4,000 new daily cases reported on Tuesday, the highest count so far since the country began experiencing an uptick last month, the AP reports.

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America's pandemic pessimism returns

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A majority of Americans now, once again, say the worst of the pandemic is yet to come, per new Harris polling provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: We took a brief hiatus from worrying about the pandemic, but the Delta variant and the response to it appear to have sent us back to a dark place.