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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accused President Biden of “moving the goalpost” on Monday after the president indicated to reporters that 98% of Americans need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before normalcy returns can.

Biden received his booster shot at the White House on Monday when he was asked by a reporter how many Americans would need to be vaccinated before the country returned to normal.


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Biden told the reporter that he’s no scientist, but thinks we’ll need to “get the vast majority” like what’s happening in certain industries and schools, which are getting 96, 97, 98% compliance.

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“I think we’re getting awfully close,” he said. He said he knew a quarter of the country couldn’t go without vaccination “and we don’t have a problem.”

Of course, there is no easy answer to the question. Between variants and vaccines that lose their effectiveness over time, this question is nearly impossible to answer. Now there also seems to be variation on what “normal” means. The White House did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Granthshala News.

Cruz, for his part, tweeted a December 2020 article from Axios, quoting the country’s top pathologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, putting the number at between 75 and 80%.

“Joe Biden is moving the goalpost,” Cruz tweeted.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that about 213.7 million people have had at least one shot, According to the New York Times. About 55% of Americans have gotten both jabs.