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Gov. Janet Mills will join five other governors on Tuesday for a virtual discussion hosted by the White House on innovative ways to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Maine’s Democratic governor will join fellow Democrats Tim Walz of Minnesota and Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, and Republicans Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Mike DeWine of Ohio and Spencer Cox of Utah, her office announced.

The discussion will be held at 1 p.m. and will be streamed live by the White House.

“I look forward to joining President Biden and a bipartisan group of my colleagues from across the country for this important discussion,” Mills said in a statement. “Maine is making nation-leading progress in getting shots into arms, a testament to the willingness of Maine people to do their part and to the teamwork of state government professionals and our health care providers and volunteers.

“But there is more work to do to get this pandemic behind us, which is why we are doubling down on efforts to expand access to the vaccine, to get into hard-to-reach communities, and to deliver shots into arms.”

Maine leads all states in the percentage of residents who have been fully vaccinated, but demand has fallen considerably over the last few weeks. The state has shifted its strategy away from large-scale clinics to smaller, more nimble vaccination sites that offer walk-in availability and later hours.

Biden has set a goal of having 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by July 4, and he is expected to affirm Tuesday the critical role state governors will play in ensuring that goal is reached.

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