FAIL: Joe Biden Set to Miss Major Goal in Coronavirus Response

As Joe Biden ascended to the White House in the early days of 2021, the former Vice President sought to bring the nation back to the old status quo – the well-worn and established pattern of behavior that Americans hired Donald Trump to put a dent in.

For Biden, this meant setting specific goals and holding himself accountable to them, as opposed to Donald Trump’s resultist ethos.

Now it’s coming back to bite Biden.

President Biden wanted 70% of US adults at least partially vaccinated by Independence Day. But with July 4 rapidly approaching and vaccination rates slowing down, that goal is in danger, the Washington Post reports. During the April peak, an average of 3.4 million shots were being given per day; that number is now fewer than a million. Last week, just 2.4 million adults got their first shots—and officials would need to get first shots into the arms of 4.2 million adults per week to meet the holiday goal. Per CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Friday that if the pace doesn’t pick up, the US could face “another surge—particularly with variants floating around—that could set us back to the time when we had to shut down things.” The network’s analysis figures that if the current pace of vaccinations continues, the country would hit 70% by mid- to late July.

This will almost certainly put a wrinkle in the nose of Biden’s PR team, who’ve made it no secret that they were banking on a July 4th reopening announcement that would allow them to use the lazy “independence from the virus” metaphor.