All American adults to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by Apr 19: Biden
BookmarkWASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday (Apr 6) moved up the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility target for all American adults to Apr 19, but warned that with new virus variants spreading"we're still in a life-and-death race" with the coronavirus.
Biden directed states to widen the vaccine eligibility to people 18 or older by Apr 19, two weeks earlier than the May 1 deadline he announced previously. No COVID-19 vaccine is authorised yet for children under 16, although testing is underway.Advertisement
AdvertisementMost US states had already said they would open vaccines to all adults by that new target date."What we do now is going to determine how many people we'll save or lose in the month of April and May, and June, before we get to Jul 4," Biden said at a White House event. headtopics.com
More than 80 per cent of teachers and school staff had received at least one vaccination shot, Biden said, but noted that variants of the coronavirus are spreading and generating a rise in cases.AdvertisementAdvertisement“We aren’t at the finish line. We still have a lot of work to do. We’re still in a life-or-death race," Biden said.
He said that by no later than Apr 19, every adult 18 or older will be eligible to be vaccinated.White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden's announcement had confirmed for the public that"everyone is eligible around the country".This means Americans no longer need to check with state and local websites to see whether they qualify, she said.Read more: CNA »