Teams made up of experts from Fema, CDC and other government groups as US misses president’s 4 July vaccination target

Joe Biden has warned that the Delta variant of the coronavirus now makes up half of cases in many areas of the US and pledged to deploy federal “surge response teams” to help local officials stop the spread.

The president spoke on Tuesday after narrowly missing his self-imposed target of 70% of American adults receiving at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by Independence Day on 4 July.

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