President to direct states to expand access to vaccines by April 19, not May 1
President Joe Biden will announce on Tuesday that 150 million vaccines have been distributed in the United States since he took office, and will push the vaccine start date for everyone by almost two weeks in advance, a source familiar with the situation said.
Biden will instruct states to expand the vaccination campaign by April 19, while the earlier deadline was set for May 1.
On Tuesday, the president will visit a vaccination site at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, before delivering a statement at the White House.
The federal government has significantly accelerated the pace of vaccinations in an effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, in states where a limited number of doses were available, only people at risk were vaccinated.
Biden originally set a goal to get 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days of his presidency, that is, by the end of April.
The target was subsequently doubled to 200 million vaccinations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed 500,000 lives in the United States, but the country has already administered more than 167 million doses of the vaccine. Four out of ten Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, far more than most countries.
The vaccines used in the country, Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech, are administered in two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, also used in the country, has only one component. The spread of the vaccine began under Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.