All adults across America will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines within two weeks, President Joe Biden announced, as California set a June 15 target to fully reopen businesses with mask-wearing requirements.
The positive news from the US — which has the most coronavirus deaths of any country but is now a leader in vaccine distribution — contrasted with a record daily toll in Brazil and Europe’s troubled rollout of the AstraZeneca shot.
Biden announced he is moving up the deadline for all over 18s to be eligible for vaccines to April 19. The previous target had been May 1.
He told the nation. “We’re the first country to administer 150 million shots and the first country to fully vaccinate over 62 million people.”
Biden’s April 19 deadline means ending restrictions by age, health issues or other categories for people wanting to get vaccinated.
It would not necessarily mean that anyone could get a shot immediately, as distribution remains a work in progress.