Infectious Disease / COVID-19

Biden Speeds Up COVID Vax Eligibility, Urges U.S. to Remain Vigilant

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All adults will be eligible for the vaccine no later than April 19th
All adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine no later than April 19th, Biden said. (Photo courtesy White House livestream)

WASHINGTON -- President Biden on Tuesday pushed to have all U.S. adults become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by April 19 and urged Americans not to let down their guard against the virus.

"Let me be deadly earnest with you," Biden said during a speech in the State Dining Room at the White House. "We aren't at the finish line.... We're still in a life-and-death race against this virus. Until we get more people vaccinated, we need everyone to wash their hands, socially distance, and mask up in a recommended mask from the CDC."

Biden noted that on Monday -- the 75th day of his administration -- the U.S. had distributed 150 million COVID-19 shots, "on our way to hitting our goal of 200 million shots by the 100th day in office. That, of course, is the new goal I set after passing the original mark of 100 million shots in my first 100 days" -- a goal that was accomplished in 58 days.

"We're now administering an average of 3 million shots per day -- over 20 million shots a week," he said. "On Saturday alone, we reported more than 4 million shots were administered." Biden also touted the shots' effectiveness, citing studies from the New England Journal of Medicine showing that "fully vaccinated care workers -- healthcare workers on the front lines -- had an extremely low infection rate, less than two-tenths of 1%, compared to unvaccinated healthcare…
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