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President Biden will announce Tuesday a new goal to get 160 million Americans fully vaccinated and at least one shot administered to 70% of individuals by the Fourth of July holiday, senior administration officials told reporters.

Why it matters: The administration had previously set goals of 100 million and 200 million shots — not full vaccinations. It aims to achieve the new goals with a plan to make vaccines more accessible and a continued public education campaign aimed at harder-to-reach and more-hesitant communities.

  • Officials said the administration also is prepared to mobilize immediately to begin vaccinating adolescents as soon as the FDA authorizes the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12– to 15-year-olds.
  • The agency was expected to grant that authorization by next week, the New York Times reported Monday.

During remarks being delivered Tuesday afternoon, the president was announcing efforts to make vaccines more accessible, including directing pharmacy partners to increase walk-in vaccinations.

  • FEMA also will increase the number of mobile vaccination sites, to target those in communities with less access to vaccines.
  • $250 million will be awarded immediately to local governments to boost their public education campaign efforts.

The administration will specifically target those in rural areas by shipping new vaccines to rural health clinics.

  • Over $100 million from the American Rescue Plan — the $1.9 COVID-19 relief package passed earlier this year — will be used to support vaccine education efforts in approximately 4,600 rural health clinics nationwide.

Administration officials previewed loosened public health restrictions as more Americans get vaccinated.

  • "That really is our goal and the goal of the president, to get people vaccinated as quickly as we possibly can … so that we can do what we all want to do is to continue and gradually pull back on the restrictions, so that we can get back to our normal lives,” one senior administration official said.

Between the lines: Officials noted the 70% goal does not mean the country will reach “herd immunity,” and they continued to distance themselves from that ultimate goal.

  • "Rather than getting hung up” on the “elusive” target, one official said, the administration will concentrate on getting as many people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible.
  • “The one thing we do know that when we do that, the number of cases, unquestionably, will go down,” the official continued.

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May 4, 2021 - Health

Reports: FDA expected to authorize Pfizer for adolescents by next week

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The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds by next week, The New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Opening up vaccine eligibility to young people and children will be crucial as the U.S. works to achieve herd immunity.

May 4, 2021 - Health

The next vaccination push will lean on churches, employers

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The U.S. vaccination effort is preparing to lean on employers, houses of worship, community organizations and even home-based delivery in order to reach the people who haven't yet gotten vaccinated.

Why it matters: Shots will need to become much more easily accessible and trusted organizations will have to help overcome vaccine hesitancy in order to keep America's vaccination progress going as demand begins to wane.

May 4, 2021 - Health

Pfizer says COVID vaccine generated $3.5 billion in revenue in Q1

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine generated $3.5 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2021, which was nearly a fourth of the company's $14.6 billion income during the period, the pharmaceutical giant reported in an earnings call Tuesday.

Why it matters: The vaccine was the biggest source of revenue for Pfizer — which, unlike some of its competitors — elected to collect the profit from sales of its vaccine, the New York Times notes.