WATCH: White House COVID-19 Response Team press briefing

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Posted at 10:40 AM, May 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-05 11:06:07-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House COVID-19 Response Team and federal public health officials hosted a press briefing at 11 a.m. Wednesday to provide updates on the coronavirus response effort.

Press briefing participants included Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical Advisor to the President; Andy Slavitt, White House Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response; and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The briefing came one day after President Joe Biden outlined the next stage of the U.S.'s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. The plan prioritizes walk-in appointments at local pharmacies and pop-up clinics to make vaccinations easier for those who have not yet gotten the shot.

Biden announced a new goal for his vaccination effort on Tuesday. His goal is now to have 70% of the U.S. adult population with at least one shot and to have 160 million adults to be fully vaccinated by July 4.

Related: Biden's next vaccine goal: 70% of American adults with at least one COVID-19 shot by July 4