"There's still too many lives being lost", President Joe Biden said, noting that despite the daily number of dead dropping sharply, the continuing loss of life was still "a real tragedy".
Some 84% of staff in care homes for older adults in England have had at least one dose of vaccine, and nearly 69% have had both shots, according to NHS data.
"My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one", Biden said, speaking on Monday in Brussels as the tally ticked close to 600 000. According to the union, more than a third of care home workers indicated they would consider leaving their jobs if they were forced to be vaccinated. And now's not the time to let our guard down.More news: Victoria lockdown restrictions are completely stupid, says Melbourne media personality
Sources said the vaccine shortage at the Expo Centre had a ripple effect on other vaccination centres as their stocks were directed towards the mega vaccination centre.
"It is the national goal, and we hit it ahead of schedule". Currently, we have around 200,000 to 300,000 doses of vaccines, which are meant for those who will receive the jab for the first time.
"With active participation and smooth vaccination, we expect to reach the first-dose vaccination for 36 million people by September", health ministry official Yoon Tae-ho told a briefing.More news: Omar tweet faces pushback from Democrats
But the pace has slowed rapidly since then, and unvaccinated people still remain vulnerable to the disease.
The United States on Monday crossed the grim milestone of 600,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to a Reuters tally, as slowing vaccination rates threaten the Biden administration target of having 70% of USA adults receive at least one shot and 160 million fully inoculated by July 4.
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Health authorities are trying to convince more people to get the shot by increasing vaccination sites and helping people access to them in partnership with private companies that can provide transport or childcare.