President Biden Shortens Vaccine Eligibility Timeline

04/08/2021 03:00 | NaN

President Biden Shortens Vaccine Eligibility Timeline

All 50 states have at least announced when they plan to make vaccines available to anyone who wants one.

An initial goal of administering one million vaccine doses every day has always been surpassed and on Monday senior White House pandemic advisor Andy Slavitt said the United States is "now averaging 3.1 million shots per day over the most recent seven-day period".

White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Tuesday that President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama routinely have conversations.

The White House aware supply needs to continue ramping up as more infectious variants circulate across the country.

"President Xi, who I know you go way back with, have you had a chance to ask him if reports are true that China maybe misled the world at the beginning?" It would not necessarily mean that anyone could get a shot immediately, as distribution remains a work in progress. "We're still in a life-or-death race", Biden said.

Biden was scheduled to visit a vaccination site in Virginia, just outside of Washington, on Tuesday, before delivering remarks on the topic at the White House.

So-called vaccine passports, showing that someone has been inoculated against COVID-19, have been touted around the world as a potentially powerful tool in safely reopening countries to mass gatherings and travel.

The White House has flatly ruled out national Covid-19 vaccination passports for Americans, saying citizens' privacy and rights should be protected.

Every adult in the United States will be eligible within two weeks to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday, moving up by two weeks the previous May 1 deadline for open season for inoculations. Being eligible means people can sign up to reserve their place in a virtual line until they can schedule an appointment.

"What we do now is going to determine how many people we'll save or lose in the month of April and May and June before we get to July 4th", Mr. Biden said.

He said that by no later than April 19, every adult 18 or older will be eligible to be vaccinated. "There are going to be more people waiting". Seventy-five percent of people older than 65 have now received at least one shot, and more than 55% of them are fully vaccinated.

Almost 31 million cases have been registered, making the U.S. the country worst affected by the pandemic, figures from Johns Hopkins University indicate.

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