WASHINGTON – President Biden is set to announce Tuesday that he is moving up his call for all U.S. adults to become eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine to April 19, two weeks sooner than his initial goal of May 1, according to a White House official.
The president is also expected to tout that the United States is the first country to administer 150 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, which puts the country on track to meet Biden’s goal of administering 200 million shots in his first 100 days in office, the official confirmed.
The announcement, first reported by CNN, comes as the president is scheduled to visit a vaccination site at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday before delivering remarks on the state of vaccinations at the White House.
President Joe Biden speaks before signing the PPP Extension Act of 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)
Biden announced last week that 90% of all American adults would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19 and directed the federal government to ensure that the same percentage of Americans would live within five miles of a vaccination site. The timeline moved up his previous goal of making all U.S. adults eligible for a vaccine by May 1.
New York and Maryland will open vaccine eligibility to those who are 16 years or older on Tuesday, the day after 12 states did the same as the country continues in its race against spreading variants. The two states will join a dozen others that opened up vaccinations to all over 16:
- New Mexico
- South Dakota
Biden’s announcement comes as the U.S. continues to report a high level of cases, with 452,636 cases reported in the week ending Monday, a 20% increase from two weeks earlier.
The U.S. has continued to ramp up its pace of daily vaccinations, with an average of more than three million doses administered a day, compared with less than one million in January, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Biden administration announced over the week that the U.S. hit 4 million doses administered in a 24-hour period, a new record the president is expected to tout during his remarks.
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