Anheuser-Busch Giving Away 200,000 Beers in Vaccination Drive

Anheuser-Busch Giving Away 200,000 Beers in Vaccination Drive

To make it easier for Americans to get inoculated against COVID-19, four of the country's largest child care providers - KinderCare, Learning Care Group, YMCAs and Bright Horizons - will provide free child care to parents and caregivers getting their shots or recovering from side effects, the White House announced.

The Biden administration views June as "a critical month in our path to normal", Courtney Rowe, the director of strategic communications and engagement for the White House COVID-19 response team, told the AP.

On June 2, 2021, beer giant Anheuser-Busch announced it would give away free drinks when the nation reaches the threshold of 70% of adults who are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19.

"Get a shot and have a beer", Biden said, advertising the promotion even though he himself refrains from drinking alcohol.

"N$3 ow that we are at this pivotal moment where people are excited to be together again, it only makes sense that we would unite our full portfolio and take this action to encourage people to get vaccinated", said Anheuser-Busch chief marketing officer Marcel Marcondes in a news release.

President Joe Biden announced the news at the White House on Wednesday.

Mr. Biden announced in early May his target of 70% of adults partially vaccinated and 160 million USA adults fully vaccinated by July 4.

Sixty-three percent of American adults have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

The big picture: States and cities are offering incentives, like lottery-style cash giveaways, as part of their efforts to boost vaccination rates. Then, the first 200,000 submissions will get a $5 reward.

Thanks to the vaccinations, the rate of cases and deaths in the USA are at their lowest since the beginning of the pandemic last March, averaging under 16,000 new cases and under 400 deaths per day.

Still, the move builds on other public and private-sector partnerships the White House has formed with the goal of ramping up vaccinations and combatting vaccine hesitancy. Unvaccinated Americans are still leaving tens of millions of unused doses for COVID-19 sitting on the shelves with federal officials telling governors last week that some 53 million doses were still available to order. Facing a mounting USA surplus, the Biden administration is planning to begin sharing 80 million doses with the world this month. Maryland, Delaware, New York and Kentucky have instituted their own versions of cash lotteries to incentivize people to get vaccinated, after, in OH, vaccination rates jumped 33% the week after the state announced its $1 million Vax-a-Million lottery, according to an Associated Press analysis. "Matter of fact, the first vaccines were authorized under a Republican president". West Virginia is giving $100 savings bonds to residents between the ages of 16 and 35 who get their shots, while the first 100,000 Minnesota residents who receive their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine before June 30 will be eligible for rewards.

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