President Joe Biden was scheduled to announce Tuesday that he will cut his May 1 deadline by about two weeks so that states make all adults vaccinated against coronavirus.
Biden will make the announcement at the White House on Tuesday after a visit to a vaccination center in Virginia, a White House official said.
With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond priority groups like seniors and essential frontline workers, the president plans to announce that All adults in the US will be eligible to be vaccinated on April 19said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Biden’s plans before the formal announcement.
The president had announced last week that 90% of adults could receive one of the three approved vaccines by April 19, in addition to having a vaccination center within 5 miles of their home. Now, it targets 100% of the population of legal age.
So far, several states have opened vaccination by removing priority barriers and others had announced a schedule that met the new schedule. Only Hawaii and Oregon had maintained plans to make it available to all adults on May 1, so they will have to accelerate their campaigns to adjust to the new goal.
The CNN was the first to report on the announcement planned by Biden.
Both for deaths and for COVID-19 infections, the United States is the number one country in the world, with more than 555,000 deaths and 30.7 million infected since 2020. On Friday, the country reached 100 million people inoculated with at least one dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation’s top federal public health agency.
The Democratic president’s goal is for Americans to be able to come together “in small groups” to celebrate the national holiday of July 4. There are currently three licensed vaccines in the United States: Johnson & Johnson’s (one dose) and the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna alliance (two doses).
Big influx in Florida
Vaccination against COVID-19 without age limitations for adults began this Monday in Florida with a large influx of young people, as found Efe at one of the largest immunization centers in Miami.
Before sunrise there was already a long line of cars with people ready to get vaccinated in the center installed on the north campus of Miami Dade College (MDC), which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and it is the largest in South Florida. Between 250 and 300 cars, mostly with people in their 30s or 40s, had access to the center in the first hours of operation.
According to data from the Florida Department of Health, the age group with the most cases of covid-19 since the start of the pandemic is 25 to 34 years old, which accumulates more than 362,000 infections of the more than two million registered since 1 March in the state.
(With information from AP and AFP)