President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he’s bumping up his deadline for states to make all adults in the U.S. eligible for coronavirus vaccines.
With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond such priority groups as older people and essential, front-line workers, the president announced that every adult will be eligible by April 19 to sign up and get in a virtual line to be vaccinated.
That’s about two weeks earlier than Biden’s previously announced May 1 deadline.
“The good news is we are on track to meet our goal of 200 million shots by the first 100 days,” Biden told reporters from the White House’s State Dining room.
Biden’s original goal had been 100 million shots by the end of his first 100 days, but that number was reached in March.
But the president also cautioned about bad news in the pandemic.
“The virus is spreading because too many people, who see the end in sight, think we are at the finish line already,” Biden said. “We aren’t at the finish line. We still have a lot of work to do.”
Biden made the announcement after a visit to a COVID-19 vaccination site at Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.
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