Transcript for Biden address vaccine hesitancy, prods businesses with tax credit
We turn the other major news this Wednesday night. The coronavirus here in the U.S. President Biden marking that milestone today. 200 million vaccine doses administered now within his first 100 days. And now the challenge, as the rate of vaccinations slows down, getting Americans who haven't gotten the shot to get one. The president announcing a new tax credit so employ years can pay workers to take time off to be vaccinated. Still get paid for that time. CDC stats tonight showing the vaccination rate is stalling after beginning to drop about nine days ago now. Here's where the numbers stand tonight. 133,010,000 have received at least one dose. That's more than 51% now of all adults here in the U.S. And tonight, a new analysis of the pfizer and modern vaccines and whether they're safe for pregnant women. Here's ABC's Stephanie Ramos now. Reporter: Tonight in the race to vaccinate, a new milestone, 200 million doses administered since president Biden took office, double his original goal of 100 million shots in the first 100 days. We did it. Today, we hit 200 million shots. Reporter: And in a move to encourage people to get the vaccine, the white house giving a new tax credit to employers so workers can get paid time off to get a vaccine or recover from one. No working American should lose a single dollar from their pycheck because they chose to fulfill their patriotic duty of getting vaccinated. Reporter: The country now heading for a tipping point. The Kaiser family foundation projecting in the next two to four weeks, vaccine supply will start to outstrip demand. In galveston county, Texas, this vaccine site was ready to give out 5,000 daily doses last week, but only saw 300 to 400 appointments a day. What we told the state is this week, please don't send us any more. Reporter: In northern Alabama, they're seeing cases of the virus tick up, but vaccine demand is down. As it's dropped down to the younger population, it seems like they're a little more concerned and hesitant. Reporter: But tonight, new analysis showing the pfizer and modern vaccines are also likely safe for pregnant women, based on real world data from 35,000 vaccinated women. As a CDC advisory panel prepares to meet on Friday about Johnson and Johnson vaccine, the family of 18-year-old Emma Burkey identifying her as one of six women out of 7 million people vaccinated with j&j who suffered extremely rare blood clots. It's unclear if the vaccine is responsible. Emma was hospitalized on a ventilator, but is slowly recovering. Emma's likely going to have to learn to relearn to walk, relearn to speak, all of those things. Reporter: Even with the challenges ahead, Emma's family wants Americans to get a vaccine. They see this as just a, you know, a one in a million situation. They feel strongly that people should get vaccinated and not use this as an excuse or a reason for fear. Reporter: The number of Americans getting their first dose of the covid vac seep has been dropping for several days now. Just to give you an example, David, on Friday, the U.S. Was averaging 3.35 million shots a day total and today we're averaging just over 3 million. David? All right, Stephanie Ramos with us tonight. Steph, thank you.
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