Biden to Give Vaccine Access to 90% of Adults by April 19th
30 Mar 2021 · 3rd Party Analysis
- President Joe Biden vows to open up eligibility to 90% of Americans by April 19th
- Due to cases climbing, some states have paused their reopening efforts
US President Joe Biden said 90% of all American adults will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine shot by mid-April. He also promised to make vaccines available within five miles of any home in order to facilitate access and prevent unnecessary travel.
“I’m proud to announce that three weeks from today, 90% of adults will be eligible to get vaccinated — and 90% of Americans will live within 5 miles of a place to get a shot,” the President said on Twitter. In an effort to further advance the vaccination campaign, Mr Biden vowed to at least double the number of pharmacies where people can get vaccinated. Around 40,000 pharmacies will be offering the vaccine by April 19, up from 17,000. “For the vast, vast majority of adults, you won’t have to wait until May 1. You’ll be eligible for your shot on April 19,” Joe Biden said during a press conference on Monday. The new date has been brought forward from May 1.
Joe Biden remains on track to meet his goal to have at least 200 million administered doses of the vaccine by his 100th day in office. On Monday, he praised healthcare workers’ efforts by saying that over the last three days, the US “had a record number of shots in arms with nearly 10 million shots recorded.”
The rate of US vaccinations has been hovering around 2.5 million doses a day, meaning that if the same pace is maintained, it will take about five weeks more to hit the 200 million milestone, which will leave a full week before Joe Biden reaches his 100th day as US President.
Uptick in cases intrigue population, considered normal by specialists
Despite the largely successful vaccination campaign across the states, the US has seen a renewed climb in coronavirus cases. Compared with a week ago, a 16% increase in infections has been registered for the last week with an average of 63,239 cases a day.
On that issue, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Rochelle Walensky, said she felt a sense of “impending doom” despite inoculation success. “I’m going to pause here, I’m going to lose the script, and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom,” Dr Walensky said during a press conference on Monday. “We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope, but right now I’m scared,” she said.
President Biden also acknowledged the rising numbers and urged the nation to “mask up”. “We’re making progress on vaccinations, but cases are rising and the virus is spreading in too many places still,” he said. “That’s why today I’m taking these steps to make our American turn-around story, our vaccination program, move even faster.”
As far as reopening goes, some states have now paused their efforts to reopen their economies until a drop in daily cases is achieved.