Biden Directs States to Make All Adults Eligible for Vaccination by May 1

United States President Joe Biden has announced on March 11 that he will direct states to make every American adult eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1.

In his first prime-time address to the nation since he took office, Biden said that his administration is working to allocate 100 million doses of the vaccine to Americans and that by the end of May, there would be enough doses for every American.

Biden also said that his administration would increase vaccination efforts, including creating more vaccination sites and deploying more troops as support.

“The White House COVID-19 Response Team has concluded that our accelerated vaccination efforts will enable prioritized vaccinations to be far enough along by end of April that all eligibility restrictions for vaccinations can be lifted by May 1st,” a statement from the White House said before Biden delivered his televised speech.

Marking one year since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, Biden said that Americans would be able to celebrate Independence Day on July 4 in person.

“After this long hard year, that will make this Independence Day something truly special, where we not only mark our independence as a nation, but begin to mark our independence from this virus,” Biden said.

However, Biden also said that the fight against the virus is “far from over” and that health guidelines should still be followed. He added that restrictions could be re-imposed if cases surge.

“I will not relent until I meet this virus, but the American people: I need you. I need every American to do their part,” Biden said.

“Finding light in the darkness is a very American thing to do,” Biden also said.

Biden’s speech came hours after he signed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill into law.

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