(CNN) — US President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he advanced the deadline for states to extend eligibility for covid-19 vaccines to all adults in the country. The new deadline is almost two weeks ahead of initially.
At this time, all states have opened eligibility to the public or announced when they plan to do so. Under that framework, Biden announced that every adult in the country will be eligible to be vaccinated from April 19, instead of the previous deadline that the president set on May 1.
Speaking from the White House after visiting a vaccination center in Alexandria, Virginia, Biden said 150 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in his first 75 days in office, in line with the stated goal of 200 million injections for his 100th day of management.
While the president was pleased with the progress, he stressed that the United States must continue to intensify efforts to combat the pandemic.
“We know what we have to do. We have to promote a whole government approach that mobilizes the entire country and puts us on the warpath to really defeat this virus. And that is what we have been doing, getting enough vaccine supply, mobilizing more vaccinators, creating more places to get vaccinated, and now we are administering an average of 3 million injections per day, more than 20 million injections per week, “he said. Biden.
Biden noted that the US reported more than 4 million doses of coronavirus vaccine administered in a single 24-hour period last weekend. That record came at the same time federal officials put Johnson & Johnson employees in charge of a Baltimore facility, which prevented another AstraZeneca vaccine from being made after an ingredient error potentially ruined 15 million single doses. injection.
Last week, Biden noted that 90% of adults will be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine by April 19. In addition to having an immunization site 8 kilometers from where they live. The president said the number of pharmacies participating in the federal vaccination program would increase from the current 17,000 locations to 40,000.
At that time, the president indicated that his administration would open 12 additional mass vaccination sites administered by the federal government. New locations were announced last week in Tennessee, Wisconsin, Maryland, South Carolina, Colorado and Minnesota.
CNN previously reported that all 50 states have already announced when they plan to extend vaccination to all eligible individuals, if they haven’t already. New Jersey, South Dakota and Nebraska all projected to expand eligibility to those 16 and older before Biden’s new deadline. And currently other states plan to open eligibility by May 1. The president is expected to acknowledge the efforts of the governors to meet his previous deadline.
Biden is scheduled to visit a vaccination site in Alexandria, Virginia on Tuesday. And then it is expected that, from the White House, he will offer statements on the status of vaccination. And it would be at that time that he would mention that 150 million doses of the covid-19 vaccine have been administered within his first 75 days in office. Which is in line with the goal of 200 million injections for his 100th day in office.
Biden will tout how the US reported more than 4 million doses of vaccines administered in a 24-hour period last weekend. That record came at the same time that federal officials put Johnson & Johnson workers in charge of a Baltimore facility and prevented the site from making another AstraZeneca vaccine, after an ingredient error potentially ruined 15 million doses of the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
As other nations call for more vaccines, including the US, Biden also plans to say Tuesday that it is the first country to administer 150 million injections. According to Our World in Data, the US had administered more than 165 million doses as of Monday night. Meanwhile, China in second place had administered just under 140 million vaccines.
The president will claim that more than 75% of people over 65 received a dose and more than 55% of them are fully vaccinated. This according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By comparison, that figure was 8% when Biden took office.
The announcement will come as the Biden administration continues to scale up its national vaccination effort. Precisely, with the focus of distributing vaccines equitably throughout the country to areas at risk and underserved.
Biden has used federal funds to create new community immunization centers across the country. Also to launch mobile vaccination clinics and provider associations to reach underserved urban areas and rural communities.
Recently, his administration also launched a national vaccine promotion campaign. The effort seeks to encourage Americans who are hesitant to get vaccinated with funds from its $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 financial aid package.
As more and more Americans get vaccinated, the Biden administration is preparing to create a set of standards for people to show that they have been immunized against COVID-19, CNN has reported.
An official previously told CNN that they are working with a variety of companies on such standards. Among them, non-profit organizations and technology companies, he explained. He also said there are likely to be weeks to go before they are finalized.
Biden has emphasized that the country is vaccinating a record number of Americans. However, he insists that the battle against covid-19 is “far from being won”, as cases are increasing again.
The president has called on all governors, mayors, and local leaders to maintain, and in some cases restore, the mandatory use of masks. His petition comes as some states suspended mask requirements and now allow businesses to return to full capacity. All of which is against the guidelines of public health experts.
More than 555,600 Americans have died from COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University. Approximately 167 million vaccines have been administered, according to the CDC.
CNN’s Kristen Holmes contributed to this report.