Washington: US President Joe Biden announced that all American adults will be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine by April 19.
On Tuesday, Biden announced the new timetable after his visit to a vaccination site in Alexandria, Virginia, moving up his original deadline of May 1 by nearly two weeks.
Biden said that 150 million doses have been administered within his first 75 days in office, in line with a stated goal of 200 million shots by his 100th day in office.
He urged Americans to continue to practice pandemic safety measures, saying the country is not “at the finish line yet” and may experience more “disease and misery” before July 4.
A few weeks ago, Biden called on states, tribes and territories to make all American adults eligible for vaccination no later than May 1.
Biden has stressed that while the country is now vaccinating a record number of Americans, the battle against Covid-19 is “far from won” as cases are once again on the rise.
The country has witnessed a resurgence in 27 states, including cases from new and emerging Covid-19 variants.