Biden moving vaccine eligibility date to April 19

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The new deadline of April 19 is about two weeks earlier than Biden's original May 1 deadline.

Biden was set to make the announcement at the White House later Tuesday following a visit to a vaccination site in Virginia, a White House official said.

"We share the sentiments of Pope Francis who has said that getting vaccinated is a moral obligation", Biden said. That puts the president well on track to meet his new goal of 200 million shots administered by his 100th day in office on April 30.

The announcement about vaccine eligibility is somewhat symbolic and comes as states already were moving up their deadlines from the original May 1 goal.

When vaccine doses were in shorter supply, states initially limited distribution to higher-risk groups, such as the elderly and front-line healthcare workers.

Psaki's comments came during a press briefing in response to a question about whether President Biden is regretful that he may have "tipped the scale" in influencing Major League Baseball's decision to move its 2021 All-Star game from Atlanta, reportedly costing the area $100 million in tourism revenue.

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COVID-19 has killed more than 555,000 people in the United States, but more than 167 million vaccine doses have been administered in the country.

At least a dozen states opened eligibility to anyone 16 and older on Monday alone, while New Jersey and OR announced this week that all residents 16 and older will become eligible on April 19. "The lines are going to become longer". "But this year we know many are still going without the familiar comforts of the season". Among older people, 75 per cent have now received at least one shot, and more than 55 per cent of them are fully vaccinated.

As of Monday, 107.5 million Americans - or a little over 32% of the population - had received at least one vaccine dose, while 62.3 million Americans - making up 18.8% of the population - had been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

She continued: "That Georgia was just one of the first states to act on a concerted effort to use easily disprovable conspiracy theories to fuel their attempts to make it even harder for eligible Americans to vote".

Two of the three vaccines required two doses administered several weeks apart.

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