Half of U.S. Adults Fully Vaccinated Against COVID: White House

World leader in vaccine rollout.
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WASHINGTON -- Half of all U.S. adults have now received full COVID-19 vaccines, the White House said Tuesday, marking another huge milestone in the fight against the pandemic.

"Now 50% of all American adults are fully vaccinated," tweeted Cyrus Shahpar, COVID-19 data director for the White House.

That means half the adult population has received either two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, or one of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson.

More than half a million Americans have died from the coronavirus but the country is now a world leader in rolling out vaccinations.

The U.S. has reached almost 50% of its total population of 332 million with at least one dose, but its vaccination campaign has been slowing in the face of hesitancy.

President Joe Biden has set a target of having 70% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4. The current figure is almost 62%.

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