Transcript for Biden announces goal of 200 million vaccine shots has been met early
Now to the latest on the race to vaccinate the country, more than 134 million Americans have received at least one dose and president Biden touting 200 million doses have been given since taking office but now concern amid the pace of vaccinations slowing down. Take a look at that dip starting just ten days ago. Well, Steve osunsami is at the CDC in Atlanta with the very latest this morning. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, Michael. The numbers this morning show that we've turned a corner with lower transmission of the coronavirus and a large number of Americans who've gotten vaccinated. When Joe Biden pledged in December that he was going to put 100 million vaccines into the arms of Americans in his first 100 days, it sounded mighty ambitious and this morning, he's more than done it with 200 million shots in arms ad more than a week before his 100th day. We did it. Today we hit 200 million shots. Reporter: The president is now encouraging everyone over 16 to get vaccinated for covid-19. Put it simply, if you've been waiting for your turn, wait no longer. Reporter: The number of people who have gotten the vaccine is slightly down this week. Vaccinations are averaging around 3 million shots a day this week. Just the week before, that average was 3.35 million shots a day. The CDC says that the seven-day average started dropping more than a week ago and they underline that this drop in vaccinations started a day before U.S. Health officials put a hold on using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of rare blood clots that raise safety concerns. In Iowa nearly half of the state's counties this week turned away additional supplies of the vaccine because of lower demand. Iowa's governor is now trying to strongly persuade people who haven't gotten immunized. If you're opting to wait and see, what are you waiting for? If you've been a hard no from the start, what is your reason? And if you can't answer those questions, maybe we hope that you take the time to reconsider. Reporter: In New York, a sign that the end of all of this could be near. The state's only remaining field hospital for people sick with covid-19 just closed its doors, more than a thousand patients were treated at the temporary hospital on Staten Island. And the doctors, nurses and other medical staff applauded as their final patient went home. Authorities believe that there are a number of reasons for those lower daily averages of getting vaccines into arms. They're not sure which of those reasons is responsible, but they believe high on the list is vaccine hesitanc something, Michael, that they say the government here needs to work on over these next several weeks. Absolutely, Steve. There is some encouraging news on pregnant women in the vaccine. Reporter: There is. A new study from the new England journal of medicine says that the pfizer and modern vaccines are likely safe for pregnant women and they were able to determine this by looking at real world data from about 35,000 pregnant women, Michael. All right, Steve osunsami, thank you so much.
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