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President Biden: 90% of all US adults eligible for vaccine by April 19

Despite the good news of eligibility, Biden warned Americans about rising COVID-19 infection rates

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FILE - In this Monday, March 22, 2021 file photo medical staff prepares an AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine during preparations at the vaccine center in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany. Results from a U.S. trial of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine may have used "outdated information," U.S. federal health officials said early Tuesday March 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

President Joe Biden announced that 90% of all adults in the United States would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19. 

This is two weeks before his previous goal of May 1. 

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Despite the good news of eligibility, Biden warned Americans about rising COVID-19 infection rates. 

“If we let our guard down now, we could still see the virus getting worse, not better,” Biden said. 

According to The Hill, new COVID-19 cases in the United States have surged by double digits over the last seven days. 

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, made an emotional plea with the nation during Monday’s COVID-19 briefing, saying she has a recurring feeling of “impending doom.” 

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The president also called on governors who lifted mask mandates to reinstate them. 

“Please, this is not politics,” he said. “Reinstate the mandate if you let it down.”

The Biden Administration reached its goal of administering 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines within the president’s first 100 days. 

That goal has since been doubled to 200 million doses in that timeframe. 

According to CBS News, Biden is helping more Americans get access to the vaccine by directing the COVID team to locate vaccination sites within five miles of 90% of all Americans. 

The number of pharmacies that can administer the vaccine will also be expanded. 

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