Biden Moves Up Vaccine Eligibility Deadline for All Adults to April 19

Thursday, 08 Apr, 2021

"As I said before, we can have a safe, happy 4th of July with your family and your friends and small groups in your backyard", Biden said.

This means Americans no longer need to check with state and local websites to see whether they qualify, she said.

During the administration's weekly call with governors Tuesday, COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said more than 28 million doses will be distributed across the country this week. The state of NY is already testing ways for people to present proof that they have been vaccinated.

The US president reassured people and said: "All these strains you're hearing about". Biden announced in a White House speech that he is moving up the deadline for all over 18s to be eligible for vaccines to April 19. President Biden is expected to announce an April 19 deadline for all states to open eligibility to individuals ages 16 and up.

The USA continues to report a high level of coronavirus cases - 452,636 in the week ending Monday, a 20% increase from two weeks earlier.

During a question-and-answer session, the president noted that polls have showed that Republican men, particularly young men, don't think they should have to take the vaccine. "We're still in a life and death race against this virus", Biden said in remarks at the White House.

Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the agency was working to expand testing capacity in the state, address outbreaks in Michigan's jails and prisons, and scale up genomic sequencing. One problem in Europe has been a wave of concern over the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine and its reported links to blood clots. The White House did not say how it intends to get the handful of remaining states to move up their timelines.

Despite his resistance to increasing the number of doses MI received, Slavitt stressed that the federal vaccine effort is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. "That's how we're going to beat this".

On average, more than 3 million Americans are vaccinated every day.

NY has one of the lowest rates of vaccine hesitancy in the country.

USA vaccine distribution began haltingly under Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump.

"They share a bond of serving through eight years of the Obama-Biden administration, but also personal friendship and kinship", she said.

"There are states like Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Utah, where throughout much of the day, the vaccine appointments are going unfilled", Jha said.

There appeared to be some confusion over whether Trump meant all Americans would be vaccinated by April or could get vaccinated by then, but CNN's lead sentence appeared to suggest Trump meant the latter in terms of supply.