JOE Biden is set to speed up the Covid-19 vaccine rollout by announcing all Americans will be eligible to get the jab by April 19.
This date change is two weeks earlier than his administration initially planned and reports indicate that Biden will confirm it during his afternoon address from the White House on Tuesday.
The majority of states confirmed that they're able to meet this ramped up deadline with Oregon announcing that everyone over the age of 16 can get the jab on April 19.
Thirty-four states have already opened up vaccination eligibility to those aged 16+, 41 states have opened it up to adults, while four other governors will have open it up on April 19.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Biden officials had asked if states could expand eligibility to meet this looming deadline in less than two weeks.
The president initially aimed to have all Americans able to get the shot by May 1 after doubling his vaccine goal.
An official told the newspaper that the Biden administration has rolled out a whopping 150million shots since he took over from Donald Trump.
There were around 3.1million daily doses administered this past week alone according to White House senior advisor for Covid-19 Andy Slavitt.
On Monday, Slavitt told reporters: “As of today, nearly 1 in 3 Americans and over 40percent of adults have at least one shot and nearly 1 in 4 adults are now fully vaccinated."
Biden recently vowed to roll out 200million doses in his first 100 days in the Oval Office.
He's set to announce the sped up eligibility before his tour of a vaccination center in Alexandria, Virginia.
However, there is a supply versus demand issue in some areas where Americans struggle to get a vaccine appointment, the WSJ noted – nevertheless, around 32percent of the USA have gotten one shot.
Nineteen percent of population has gotten both doses, the CDC confirmed.
Difficulties with getting shots into people's arms include long vaccination lines, doses shortages, and one Baltimore, Maryland facility being forced to dump 15 million contaminated doses of the Johnson & Johnson jab.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has urged Americans to err on the side of caution by wearing a mask and socially distancing, even after getting the jab.
One official official described their worries about "impending doom" as cases continued to rise last week, not to mention the spread of new variants.
“So we’re headed in the right direction," Slavitt warned yesterday. "But as you heard the president say, we’re not there yet. The worst thing we could do right now would be to mistake progress for victory.”
More than 555,600 Americans have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University, while 30.7 million tested positive.
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