US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he is moving up the date for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for all adults in the country from May 1 to April 19.
“That means by no later than April 19th in every part of this country, every adult over the age of 18, 18 or older will be eligible to be vaccinated,” said Biden. “Many states have already opened up to all adults, but beginning April 19th, every adult in every state, every adult in this country is eligible to get in line to get a COVID vaccination.”
The US president also said that more than 75 percent of the people 65 or older have gotten jabs, in what he characterised as a ‘dramatic turnaround.’
Biden stressed that efforts need to ramp up to beat the coronavirus pandemic, especially due to new variants.
“I understand that people may find it confusing that the vaccination programme is saving tens of thousands of lives, but the pandemic remains dangerous. Let me explain it in a single word, time, time. Even moving at the record speed we’re moving at, we’re not even halfway through vaccinating over 300 million Americans. This is going to take time,” he said.
According to John Hopkins University, the US have registered 30,843,737 COVID-19 cases and 556,486 related deaths as of Tuesday.