WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden was due to announce on Tuesday that he is shaving about two weeks after the May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines.
Biden was due to make the announcement to the White House later Tuesday after a visit to a vaccination site in Virginia, a White House official said.
As states gradually expand eligibility beyond priority groups such as the elderly and essential frontline workers, the president plans to announce that every adult in the United States will be eligible by April 19 to vaccination, the official said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Biden’s plans ahead of the official announcement.
The new April 19 deadline is about two weeks earlier than Biden’s original May 1 deadline.
The president announced last week that 90% of adults would be eligible for one of three approved vaccines by April 19, in addition to having a vaccination site within 5 miles of their homes.
CNN was the first to report on Biden’s planned announcement.
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