(CNN)President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced a “National Month of Action” and outlined additional steps his administration is taking to get 70% of US adults at least one Covid-19 shot by July 4.
“It’s going to take everyone, everyone — the federal government, the state governments, local, tribal and territorial governments, private sector, and most importantly the American people — to get to this 70% mark so we can declare our independence from Covid-19 and free ourselves from the grip it has held over us, our lives, for the better part of a year,” Biden said, speaking from the White House.
The President said the US was heading into this summer in a very different place from last summer, when lockdowns and stay-at-home orders to stop the spread of the virus had been put in place.
“A summer of freedom, a summer of joy, a summer of get-togethers and celebrations. An all-American summer that this country deserves after a long, long dark winter that we’ve all endured,” Biden said.
The month of action includes a partnership with Anheuser-Busch that could mean free alcohol for every American 21 years of age and older. Anheuser-Busch, the national brewer that produces Budweiser, announced Wednesday it will give away free alcohol if the nation reaches Biden’s goal to have 70% of US adults receive at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4.
The company said in a news release that if the US reaches that goal, “Anheuser-Busch will buy America’s next round of beer, seltzer, non-alcoholic beverage or other A-B product.” It instructs those 21 and up to upload a picture of themselves at their favorite bar or restaurant and enter to win.
“At Anheuser-Busch, we are committed to supporting the safe and strong recovery of our nation and being able to be together again at the places and with the people we have missed so much. This commitment includes encouraging Americans to get vaccinated, and we are excited to buy Americans 21+ a round of beer when we reach the White House goal,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch.
In his speech, Biden will also announce new vaccination incentives, new outreach efforts to educate Americans about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines and new steps to make it easier for Americans to get the shot.
The President set a new goal last month of administering at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose to 70% of the US adult population
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