WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is expected to announce on Tuesday that states should make all adults in the United States eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine by April 19, two weeks earlier than the previous deadline, an official said. the White House.
Biden is expected to make the announcement Tuesday afternoon in an address to the White House on the status of immunizations across the country. Biden will also mark a milestone in vaccinations, pointing out that the United States has reached 150 million vaccines in the first 75 days of his administration.
CNN first announced Biden’s planned eligibility announcement. Most states have already announced that they will open eligibility to all adults by April 19, it only remains to Hawaii to do so, according to the NBC News tally. Oregon Governor Kate Brown tweeted after Biden’s planned announcement, his condition would also make residents over 16 eligible for vaccinations from that date.
Biden had announced in his first prime-time speech as president last month that he was ordering states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccinations no later than May 1.
The president’s announcement on Tuesday comes as officials expressed concern about a further rise in Covid-19 cases, with the incidence rate rising among young adults. New cases of Covid-19 in the past week are up 7% from the previous period, hospital admissions are up 3% and deaths are down slightly to around 800 per day, Officials said at a White House coronavirus briefing on Monday.
Among those 65 and older, 55% of whom are fully vaccinated, there has been a decrease in emergency room visits and hospitalizations, officials said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of adults in the United States are fully vaccinated and about 40% have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Shannon Pettypiece contributed.