The President will instruct states to expand access to vaccines by April 19, not May 1
President Joe Biden on Tuesday will announce that 150 million vaccines have been distributed in the United States since he took office and will push the start date for vaccinations for everyone almost two weeks ahead, a source familiar with the situation said.
Biden will instruct states to expand the vaccination campaign by April 19, whereas the previous deadline was set for May 1.
On Tuesday, the president will visit the vaccination center at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, before delivering a statement at the White House.
The federal government has significantly accelerated the pace of vaccination to end the COVID-19 pandemic. At first, in states where a limited number of doses were available, only people at risk were vaccinated.
Biden originally set a goal of 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days of his presidency by the end of April.
The target was subsequently doubled to 200 million vaccinations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed 500,000 lives in the United States, but the country has already administered more than 167 million doses of the vaccine. Four out of ten Americans have received at least one vaccine dose, which is far higher than most countries.
The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines used in the country are administered in two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, also used in the country, has only one component. The spread of the vaccine began under Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.