President Joe Biden announced that 90% of all adults in the United States would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19.
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.
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 29, 2021
This is two weeks before his previous goal of May 1.
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.”
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky goes off script with an emotional plea to the public about an “impending doom” following rise in COVID cases:
“Right now, I’m scared.”pic.twitter.com/UKjrRhr7He
— The Recount (@therecount) March 29, 2021
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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