Biden moving COVID-19 vaccine eligibility date to April 19

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 6, 2021

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.

The president is set to make the announcement from the White House Tuesday, after a visit to a vaccination site in Alexandria, Va.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Biden's plans before the formal announcement.

Less than a month after directing states to expand eligibility to all adults by May 1, Biden is expected to change that deadline to April 19. It also comes as a flood of vaccine supply is being sent to states this week.

The announcement about vaccine eligibility is somewhat symbolic and comes as states already were moving up their deadlines from the original May 1 goal.

People wait in their vehicles to get vaccinated at a drive-thru site at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on April 1.

The White House said Monday that almost 1 in 3 Americans and over 40 per cent of adults have received at least one shot, and almost 1 in 4 adults is fully vaccinated. It will be Biden's first in-person meeting with a foreign leader since he assumed office in January.

Biden will also say that more than 75 percent of people over the age of 65 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 55 percent in that age group have received both doses, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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