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United States President Joe Biden on Tuesday informed that half of the country's adults are completely vaccinated against COVID-19. More than 130.6 million Americans are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of Tuesday morning, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Taking to Twitter, Biden said: "As of today, 50% of American adults are fully vaccinated. That's a big deal, folks."

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, vaccinating half of the adult Americans has marked significant progress since the vaccines were first authorized in December.

"This is a major milestone in our country's vaccination efforts," White House senior COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt said at a press briefing on Tuesday (local time), nothing that 1% of adults were fully vaccinated when the Biden administration came into office, reported The Hill.

It further reported that the achievement symbolizes a step closer to President Biden's next goal of getting 70 per cent of adults to have at least one vaccine dose by the fourth of July. Currently, 61.6 per cent of American adults, or almost 159 million people, have reached this point.

These updated numbers mean that half of adults are cleared under CDC guidelines to not wear a mask in most indoor and outdoor settings. The agency still recommends those who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask indoors.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were first given emergency authorization in December about a month before former President Trump left office. Early in the vaccination effort, certain groups of adults, such as health care workers and elderly people, were prioritized for vaccines.

Earlier this month, Biden said he wanted 160 million US adults fully vaccinated by July 4.

(With inputs from agencies)


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