The White House will instruct local officials to open COVID-19 vaccinations to all adults by the start of May, President Joe Biden said in a primetime address on March 11.
“Tonight, I am announcing that I will direct all states, tribes and territories to make all adults — people 18 and over — eligible to be vaccinated no later than May 1,” said Biden. “That’s much earlier than expected.”
Biden said his administration planned to beat the current US daily rate of vaccinations, which sat above two million at the time. Dangling a carrot to the public, the president said with cooperation and continued high rates of vaccination, there was a “good chance” that Americans could get together to celebrate the July 4 holiday in small numbers.
“That will make this Independence Day something truly special where we not only mark our independence as a nation but we begin to mark our independence from this virus,” said Biden. Credit: White House via Storyful