President Biden on Wednesday declared June a “national month of action” on the coronavirus pandemic, urging Americans to get vaccinated and emphasizing the proven safety of the shots.

Biden has set a goal of getting at least one shot into the arms of 70 percent of the country’s adults by July Fourth. As part of the effort, the White House on Wednesday unveiled an array of incentives, including free food delivery, baseball tickets, Xboxes and chances to win cruise tickets, groceries for a year and free airline flights.

Infections continued to trend down across the United States, with fewer than 20,000 cases reported nationwide Tuesday. China appeared to be nearing herd immunity, with more than 660 million shots administered, while cases surged across South America.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that the United States would soon distribute millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines around the world, though details were scarce.
  • Beijing’s vaccination program got off to a slow start but has rapidly picked up pace: China is now inoculating people more than six times as fast as the United States did at its mid-April peak.
  • Britain, with one of the world’s highest vaccination rates, reported no new covid-19 deaths Tuesday for the first time since March 2020. Infections, however, are once more on the rise.
  • Moderna on Tuesday applied for full approval of its coronavirus vaccine for adults from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a move that could help reduce vaccine hesitancy.
  • A shipment of coronavirus vaccines to North Korea by Covax has been delayed again amid protracted consultations. Pyongyang’s claim that the totalitarian country has had zero coronavirus cases has been greeted with skepticism internationally.
  • The United States reported a seven-day average of 17,154 new infections Tuesday, although the number of tests has also dropped sharply. Covid deaths have decreased by about 8 percent over the past week.