Administration plans to respond to the threat by accelerating vaccination rates: 90% of all American adults should be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19
The United States, like most countries in the world, continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and this war is far from over. For this reason, President Joe Biden and his administration are urging Americans to remain vigilant to get back to normal life as soon as possible. Jen Psaki, a White House spokeswoman, said this on Tuesday.
Asked by reporters about the outcome of today’s conference call hosted by Jeff Zyents, White House Coronavirus Coordinator, Psaki reiterated the administration’s concerns about the recent spike in infections warned by Dr. Rochelle Walenski, Director of the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday. …
President Joe Biden on Monday also advised state and municipal governments not to relax restrictions on the wearing of masks.
“The President is addressing not only the governors but also people all over the country … This is not an easy message. It is important for people to hear that we are still at war with this virus and people need to remain vigilant in order to return to normal life, ”said Psaki.
As infections are on the rise in the country, the administration has not only issued an appeal to local authorities but has also accelerated the pace of response to the pandemic by stepping up the campaign to vaccinate Americans, according to a White House spokesman.
As Jeff Zyents said this morning, the White House has updated the deadline by which 90% of American adults will be eligible for vaccination: instead of May 1, it will be possible by April 19. By that date, vaccination sites are planned to be available to 90% of the US adult population within 8 km of their residence.
This will be possible by expanding the federal program to involve pharmacy chains in the vaccination campaign: from 17,000 to 40,000 stores across the country. This program, according to Jen Psaki, has worked well and has been successful.
In addition, the supply of vaccines through the federal government will be increased by an additional 33 million doses, which will help meet the needs of everyone who wants to get vaccinated.
“We know that the more people can get vaccinated, the more affordable (the vaccine) is, the more effective we will be, and this is where we are focusing our efforts,” said Psaki.