During a CNN town hall on Wednesday, President Joe Biden asked for new apolitical spokespeople to assist persuade people to get the vaccine, including scientists, sports, and church members, as vaccine efforts plateau even as COVID-19 cases rise again. The nation’s scientists, he said, are among the messengers the country needs to get its immunizations back on track, even though many of them have recently been vilified by anti-vaccination activists and others.
Biden said on Wednesday, “What we’re doing is, number one, to restore America’s faith in science, is listen to the scientists. I’m not joking. I mean literally listen to the scientists and not interfere. Not rush anything. Just let the scientists proceed because they desperately want to get this right.”The seven-day average of daily vaccination doses delivered in the United States fell below 300,000 on Thursday, the first time since late December, as the highly virulent delta strain spreads. In addition, COVID instances have increased as immunization rates have slowed. Over the last two weeks, the seven-day average for daily new cases has risen to 37,000 cases on Tuesday.
More than 68 percent of adults in the United States have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but immunization rates have dropped dramatically in the last month. According to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, young adults aged 18-24 have the lowest vaccination rate and are the most likely to say they are apprehensive about getting vaccinated.