White House Launches Nationwide Effort To Get Unvaccinated Americans To Sign Up For Shot

CBS4's Natalie Brand reports from the White House.

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- The White House has launched a nationwide effort to get unvaccinated Americans to sign up for a shot. It's all part of President Biden's push to get 70% of all American adults to have at least one dose of the vaccine by the 4th of July. CBS 4's Natalie Brand has more details from the White House.

NATALIE BRAND: As part of the June vaccination blitz, the White House helped organize more than 2000 events over the weekend, most aimed at underserved communities. First lady Jill Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci visited an historic church in Harlem Sunday as it hosted a vaccination clinic.

JILL BIDEN: That's how we're going to do it, through the faith community, to reach out to their congregation, their flocks, and say come forward and be healthy.

NATALIE BRAND: While more than 60% of all American adults have received at least one dose of the vaxine, vaccination rates are still lagging in some communities of color.

ANTHONY FAUCI: We're going to end this outbreak for absolutely certain. And the vehicle to ending it is vaccination.

NATALIE BRAND: The number of daily shots continues to drop, especially in the South, where vaccination rates lag behind the rest of the country. While the administration remains laser focused on vaccinations, it's also renewing efforts to reexamine the origins of the virus, asking the intelligence community to report back in coming months.

JAKE SULLIVAN: There needs to be a second round to this investigation that truly gets to the heart of the matter, which is the original data and original information that is still being withheld by China.

NATALIE BRAND: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told "Face the Nation" the US was too quick to dismiss the possibility that the virus leaked out of a lab in Wuhan, China.

CONDOLEEZZA RICE: Some of the evidence was right in front of our faces, so we know that there were State Department diplomats who inspected, so to speak, that laboratory, and came back and said that the safety practices were substandard.

NATALIE BRAND: Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said this weekend the US will hold China accountable on the virus's origins. Natalie Brand, CBS News, the White House.