Covid: US rules out vaccine passports


All 50 states have at least announced when they plan to make vaccines available to anyone who wants one.

If the target is met, this would mean an end to restrictions by age, health issues or other categories for people wanting to get coronavirus vaccines.

A total of 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines 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, said Biden.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday made clear that the federal government will not require Americans to carry proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status in order to travel and generally attend events.

Many public health experts say that the nation is in a race between the vaccines and the variants and that, for the moment at least, the vaccines appear to have the upper hand.

Over the past week, new coronavirus cases are up 7% compared to the previous seven-day period. "We're still in a life-and-death race against this virus".

"Governors - Democrats and Republicans - are working with (the White House COVID-19 response team) to accelerate the vaccination program", White House chief of staff Ron Klain said on Twitter.

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Cavaleri added that the regulator would not be in a position to offer advice on what age groups the jab should be given to. Several countries had stopped using the vaccine ahead of that decision to wait for the EMA's initial findings.

U.S. President Joe Biden visited and talked with workers at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Alexandria, Virginia.

So-called vaccination passports - a form of identification to show that an individual has received the COVID-19 vaccine - have gained momentum as the USA prepares to open up and return to normal this summer. Last week, Dr. Walensky said she felt a sense of "impending doom" from a potential fourth surge of the pandemic.

OR announced Tuesday that all residents age 16 and older can get the vaccine as of April 19, leaving Hawaii as the only state that hasn't moved up the May 1 deadline. Being eligible means people can sign up to reserve their place in a virtual line until they can schedule an appointment. A week after that, he said that by April 19, 90 percent of adults would be eligible for a shot and would be able to get one within five miles of their home.

"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 July 4th", Mr. Biden said.

"By no later than 19 April, every adult aged 18 years and above will be eligible to be vaccinated".

The coronavirus has killed more than 555,000 people in the United States and sickened almost 30.8 million, the highest reported number by any country.

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