Biden promotes milestone of 300 million vaccine shots in 150 days

President Joe Biden speaks about reaching 300 million COVID-19 vaccination shots, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden took a cautious victory lap Friday in his quest to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, announcing that 300 million vaccine shots have been administered in the 150 days since he took office.

Biden credited scientists, companies, the American people and his whole-of-government effort on the milestone. The president noted that 65% of adults have received at least one shot, setting the stage for most Americans to have a relatively normal summer as businesses reopen and employers hire.

"We're heading into a very different summer compared to last year," the president said. "A bright summer. Prayerfully, a summer of joy."

But as Biden marks one milestone, he is in danger of failing to meet another: his target to have 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July Fourth, in a little over two weeks.

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