President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he's bumping up his deadline by two weeks for states to make all adults in the USA eligible for coronavirus vaccines. "Cases are going back up, hospitalizations are no longer declining".
Biden also announced that during his 75 days in office 150 million doses of Covid vaccine had been administered with 75% of senior citizens having received at least one shot.
But eligibility isn't the same as actually being vaccinated.
That included then-Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Robert Redfield and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. "Get the vaccination when you can". However, both Moderna and Pfizer produced two-dose shots as part of the program that began getting distributed in December, although Trump fell short of his goal of 20 million vaccinations distributed by the end of 2020. Cumulatively over the past three weeks the administration has sent out 90 million doses of the vaccine, Psaki said.
Most states have either made vaccines available to all residents 16 and older or announced plans to do so by mid-April.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has brought forward to 19 April the date by which all American adults will be eligible for a Covid vaccine.
She said the government will be issuing "guidance" with "important answers to questions that Americans have in particular around concerns about privacy, security or discrimination".
"That doesn't mean they will get it that day, that means they can join the line that day if they have not already done that beforehand", Psaki said. "There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential". Many of those in-person ceremonies have been altered during the pandemic.
The country is averaging 3.1 million shots per day over a 7-day period, White House officials said on Monday, and reached a new milestone over the weekend with an unprecedented 4 million vaccinations recorded in one day. Seventy-five percent of people older than 65 have now received at least one shot, and more than 55% of them are fully vaccinated.
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