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U.S. Misses COVID Vaccine Goal, But DMV Hits Mark

The Biden administration fell shy of its goal of at least partially vaccinating 70% of the country’s adult population against the coronavirus by the Fourth of July, but D.C., Maryland and Virginia were all among the 23 U.S. states and territories to hit that mark.

President Biden had hoped to use the moment to declare freedom from the pandemic that has ravaged the nation over the past year and a half, but came up just short of his benchmark with 67% of U.S. residents 18 and older receiving at least one vaccine dose by Sunday, The New York Times reported.

The other states to reach the 70% mark by the holiday were California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, The Times reported.

As of Monday, roughly 157.3 million U.S. residents, or 47% of the population, have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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