WASHINGTON (AP) – President Biden has announced that he is completing his two-month deadline for states to allow all adults in the United States to receive coronavirus vaccines. But even when he was optimistic about vaccination rates, he warned Americans that the nation was not yet out of the woods when it came to the epidemic.
“Let me take you to death. We are not at the finish line. We still have a lot of work to do. “We are still in a life-and-death race against this virus,” Biden told the White House on Tuesday.
The president warned that “new versions of the virus are spreading, they are moving fast. “Cases are returning, hospitalizations are no longer decreasing.” He added that “the epidemic remains dangerous”, encouraged Americans to continue washing their hands, social distance, and wearing masks.
Biden added that while his administration plans to achieve its new goal of delivering 200 million doses of vaccine in its first 100 days, it will still take a long time for Americans to be vaccinated to slow the spread of the virus.
But he expressed hope that his announcement on Tuesday that every adult would have until April 19 to register and be vaccinated would help increase the availability and distribution of the vaccine. Some states have already begun shifting their deadlines from their May 1 target.
“Other confusing rules! “There are no more confusing restrictions,” Biden said.
Biden made the announcement following a COVID-19 vaccine site at the Immanuel Chapel of the Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. During the visit, he thanked everyone for managing and introducing the staff.
“That’s the way to go about it,” Biden said. “Get vaccinated when you can.”
The President also said that no one should be afraid of coronavirus mutations that appear in the United States after being detected in other countries. He acknowledged that the new strains were more viral but more dangerous, but said “vaccines work for everyone”.
Biden also said that 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been shot down since his inauguration on January 20, which’s a good move for the president – his new goal of 200 million shots – which he completes on his 100th day in office in April. , to exercise. 30:
Biden’s initial goal was 100 million in his first 100 days, but that number reached March.
Still, he admitted that his administration had not achieved its goal of firing at least one shot at every teacher, school staff and child care worker in March in an attempt to speed up the reopening of the school. Biden announced the target earlier last month, directing federal resources to achieve it, but said Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 80 percent of teachers, school staff and child care workers were shot.
Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, also focused on boosting the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, each touring the vaccine center, Harris in Chicago, Emhoff in Yakima, Washington.
Harris praised the workers, their vaccine recipients at the local union hall, and spoke of spring as “a moment when we feel refreshed.”
“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.
Some states are pushing for easing their health restrictions, even as the country faces a potential new wave of virus outbreaks.
On Tuesday, the country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fausi, warned that the country was in a “critical period” because “we could grow just as easily.”
“It would be a setback for public health, but it would also be a psychological setback,” he told the National Press Club. He noted that Americans are “tired of COVID-19” after more than a year of blockades and restrictions on public life aimed at slowing down the spread of the virus.
Biden and many of his advisers have warned of an imminent reopening of the economy and a softening of mask mandates, threatening a new wave of virus cases.
“We just do not want to go back and stop things. That would be terrible, “said Faucin.
But Biden’s announcement on April 19 was intended to instill optimism in a society that is tired of the restrictions that come as a flood of vaccines is sent to the states this week.
White House coronavirus coordinator FF Zi Jens told governors during a parliamentary call on Tuesday that more than 28 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine would be delivered to the states this week. This was announced by the White House Spokesman En Psaki at his daily briefing.
The total number of vaccines distributed in the last three weeks is over 90 million doses, says Psaki.
At least a dozen states were eligible for anyone over the age of 16 on Monday alone, while the states of New Jersey and Oregon announced this week that all residents over the age of 16 would be eligible on April 19.
The president announced last week that 90% of adults would be eligible to receive one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines by April 19, in addition to having a vaccination site 5 miles from home.
But the jurisdiction is not the same as what was actually vaccinated. Being eligible means people can sign up to reserve their place online until they can schedule an appointment.
“It does not mean they will get it that day,” Psaki said, referring to the vaccine. “It means they can join the ranks that day if they have not done so before.”
The seniors, who are still waiting to be vaccinated, should apply immediately, “after April 19, the lines will be longer,” Psaki said. “There will be more people waiting.”
The White House said Monday that nearly 1 in 3 Americans ավելի more than 40% of adults received at least one shot, and almost 1 in 4 adults were fully vaccinated. Seventy-five percent of people over the age of 65 have now received at least one shot, and more than 55 percent of them are fully vaccinated.
Two of the three vaccines require two doses, administered several weeks apart. The third vaccine requires only one shot.
Associated Press writers Sagar Meghan, eke eke Miller և Washington’s Bowk in Washington contributed to this report.