President Joe Biden flubbed the name of the website set up to encourage and educate the public on getting inoculated against COVID-19, calling it ‘vaccine.gum’ instead of vaccine.gov and urging Americans to follow the advice of the ‘CCD.’
‘We’re going to make it easier than ever to get vaccinated. Visit vaccines.gum – .gov, vaccines.gum – or text to, text your zip code to 438829,’ Biden fumbled during a speech on the state of vaccines in the U.S.
The president appeared to try and fix his mistake by repeating the incorrect URL.
Twitter erupted into jokes about how there is now ‘vaccine gum’.
‘They got vaccine gum now,’ one users wrote, with another requesting: ‘I’ll take the menthol vaccine gum, please.’
President Joe Biden fumbled over his words Tuesday when announcing the URL for the website set up for vaccine, calling it – twice – vaccine.gum. ‘We’re going to make it easier than ever to get vaccinated. Visit vaccines.gum – .gov, vaccines.gum – or text to, text your zip code to 438829,’ Biden said during a speech on the state of vaccines
The website vaccine.gov was set up to help educate Americans about the coroanvirus vaccines, make them more accessible and combat hesitancy from some communities
Biden also told Americans during his remarks Tuesday afternoon that they can now ‘walk into your local pharmacy without an appointment’ to get the vaccine.
The website for vaccines gives information on getting inoculated and presents information to help combat vaccine hesitancy, especially in certain communities – like minorities and those on the right.
It also aims to increase accessibility for Americans who cannot easily get to a location for a vaccination.
Biden also stumbled when referring to the acronym for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“I’m asking people to continue to follow the CCD guidance – CDC guidelines,” he quickly clarified.
During the remarks from the White House, Biden set a new goal for 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated by July 4th and for 70 per cent of adults to have one shot in the arm by then to help return the country to normal.
At the same time, he acknowledged how hard it will be to convince millions of vaccine skeptics to take the shot.
‘I think realistically we can get to that place between now and July 4,’ Biden said. ‘And, by the way, it’s not like July 4 the doors close. It’s just I picked July 4 to try to get to a place where we get back closer to normal. And so we’re going to be vaccinated people in the next fall.’
He said his new goals, which include vaccinating teens and increasing vaccine education, are part of ‘an effort to get this country back closer to normal.’
‘But we’re not there yet,’ he said in remarks Tuesday afternoon at the White House.
The new goal will require close to 100 million additional shots in arms over the next 60 days.
More than 105 million people – 31 percent of the population – have been fully vaccinated and 147 million – 44 percent – have had at least one shot, according to CDC data.
The White House also told governors Tuesday morning they will be shifting to a ‘use it or lose it’ policy with distributing vaccinations to states.
The plan will begin redistributing vaccine doses from states where they are going unused to other areas of the country where there is higher demand.
The number of new shots administered dropped this week to its lowest point in three months.
The new procedure will make sure unused doses are added to a federal bank and made available to states where demand outweighs supply.
States who do no use or refuse their full allocation in one week will not lose out permanently, and only have to hand over their doses to the government on a week-by-week basis.
Initial distribution will still depend on the adult population in each state.
In recent weeks, many states have seen large amounts of those doses not being distributed – unlike earlier this year where most states found it almost impossible to keep stocked in order to keep up with demand.
Notably, the administration rejected Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plea to surge vaccines to her state as it faced a surge in cases in March and April.
Arkansas officials confirmed that they declined their entire share of vaccine doses last week and this week Iowa turned down nearly three quarters of the doses available to the state claiming demand for the shots remains weak there.