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Biden Wants All Adults Eligible For Vaccines By April 19

The move comes two weeks earlier than previously expected.

GETTY. LEESBURG, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - 2021/04/05: Nick Turner (30), wearing a face mask and a Biden/Harris 2020 t-shirt, receives a COVID-19 shot in a former Sears store at the Lake Square Mall on the first day that adults in Florida of any age became eligible to be vaccinated.

The Biden administration’s strategy on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout so far has seemed to look a lot like underpromising and over-delivering, and Biden’s latest move reaffirms his commitment to shattering expectations after setting them pretty low.

In the most recent news, Biden will announce on Tuesday, April 6th that he is directing every state to open up vaccination pools to all U.S. adults by April 19th.

What Does the New Deadline Mean?

This is two weeks ahead of his original goal to have all states open up the vaccines to every adult, regardless of their age, job, or health situation, which was May 1st. 

The news comes as the U.S. ramps up its vaccine output, administering, on average, more than 3 million doses per day across the country, triple-fold over the output that was happening when Biden took office in January. It means we’re doing well at getting shots in arms.

Biden will also likely announce that the United States has, per USA TODAY, become the first country in the world to administer 150 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Just a short time ago Biden said that 90 percent of adults would be eligible for the vaccine by April 19, and now, he will be announcing that 100 percent of adults will be. 

But The COVID-19 Fight Isn’t Over

The fight against COVID-19 is far from over. With variants taking over across the United States, and a 4th wave threatening to engulf young people specifically, as well as states loosening restrictions in the fight against COVID-19, some experts are worried that just as the United States begins to make major progress in the country in fighting the virus, that we could be experiencing another wave of death and sickness. 

Still, It’s Good News

But the vaccine output news is great news. Americans are currently dying from COVID-19 at half the rate they were a month ago, partly due to the fact that younger people are getting the disease more frequently than old, vaccinated people.

Opening the vaccine restrictions wide, coupled with Biden announcing that every American will live within 5 miles of a vaccine site, means that more people of all age groups can get vaccinated more quickly against the virus, which could put us on track for a July 4th party with our loved ones in the backyard as Biden intended.