All U.S. adults will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by April 19, U.S. President Joe Biden has announced.
Biden increased the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility target for all U.S. adults to April 19, which was previously set for May 1. However, he warned that with the spread of new virus variants, “we are still in a race for life or death.” with the coronavirus.
No COVID-19 vaccine is yet authorized for children under the age of 16, although tests are underway. Most US states had previously announced that they would open vaccines to all adults on this new target date.
The US president said 150 million doses were given in his first 75 days in office, in line with the stated goal of 200 million vaccines before his 100th day in office.
He urged Americans to continue practicing pandemic safety measures, saying the country is not yet “at the finish line” and could experience more “disease and misery” before July 4 .
More than 80% of teachers and school staff had received at least one vaccine vaccine, Biden said, but noted that variants of the coronavirus are spreading and generating an increase in cases.
“We are not at the finish line. We still have a lot of work to do. We’re still in a race for life and death, ”Biden said.
A few weeks ago, Biden called on states, tribes and territories to make all U.S. adults eligible for vaccination by May 1.
The country has seen a resurgence in 27 states, including cases of new and emerging variants of Covid-19.
The United States is still the most affected country with the highest number of cases and deaths in the world, with 30,845,915 and 556,509 respectively, according to Johns Hopkins University.