01 Apr 90% Of Americans Would Be Eligible To Receive Vaccine Shots By April 19-President Biden
Followed by the sudden increase of COVID-19 cases, US President Joe Biden announced that 90% of Americans would be eligible to receive vaccine shots by April 19. Earlier, the deadline was May 1. However, according to the sources, most adults don’t have to wait until May to receive vaccine jabs.
Mr. Biden also declared that the pharmacies participating in the federal pharmacy vaccination program are also expected to increase from 17,000 to 40,000. Thanks to the availability of the vaccinations, the total number of administered doses is expected to reach a new record of 33 million within this week.
However, despite the increase in the total administered doses, President Biden also expressed his concern for the sudden rise in cases. According to him, the battle against this pandemic is far from won. He also requested every governor, mayor and local leader to re-enforce mask mandates and encourage people to follow social distancing.
He also announced that his administration would set up 12 more mass-vaccination sites. These new sites might open in areas like Gary, Indiana, and St. Louis.
Apart from the President, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also expressed her concern stating that they might be heading towards impending doom. While insisting on how mandatory it is for the administration to be transparent, she said that she would be connecting with governors to prevent states from opening too quickly, without following any health guidelines established by public health experts.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 500,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19 as of March 29, 2021. As reported by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 145,800,000 vaccine jabs have already been administered.
With Biden’s plan to administer 200 million vaccine doses within the first 100 days of his presidency, the number of dispensed doses is expected to rise.