Biden blunder: US president says ‘350m Americans’ jabbed – 20m more than whole population

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During a speech from the White House, the US President, 78, said 350 million Americans have received the vaccine. “Well over – what’s the number again, I’ll remind myself – 350 million Americans have already been vaccinated. They’re doing fine,” Mr Biden said after glancing at his notes.

According to the most recent census in April, the entire population in the States is 331 million.

Nearly 350 doses have been administered, however. It is possible that the President’s notes were referring to this number.

Latest figures show 166 million people have been fully vaccinated in the US – around half of the population.

In the country, the Delta variant is surging among the unvaccinated and recent reports show the majority of Covid hospitalisations and deaths are among the unvaccinated.

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“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. So we have to get more people vaccinated,” Mr Biden said.

“Today, about 400 people will die because of the Delta variant in this country — a tragedy because virtually all of these deaths are preventable if people had gotten vaccinated.

“But 10 months ago today almost 4,000 people died on that very day from COVID-19 — 4,000 versus 400.

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“That shows how much our vaccination progress has done to protect us from the worst of the new Delta COVID-19 wave.”

The US President is known for occasional verbal slip ups while speaking.

Mr Biden has previously joked about his habit of misspeaking, remarking: “I am a gaffe machine.”

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