Biden announces vaccination push

US President Joe Biden has declared a "national month of action" on coronavirus vaccinations. He says he wants Americans to celebrate their independence from the virus on the national July 4 holiday.

Sixty-three percent of American adults have received at least one dose of a vaccine. Biden wants to increase the rate to 70 percent.

Many residents of southern states are reluctant to get a shot. In some states, fewer than 30 percent have received their first dose of a vaccine.

Government officials, faith leaders, celebrities, and other officials will join the vaccination campaign. They will hand out gifts, sports tickets and other incentives to encourage people to get their shots.

Biden says Americans are headed into a summer of freedom. He says the country deserves it after the long, dark winter they have endured.