WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is expected to move up the deadline Tuesday for states to open coronavirus vaccine eligibility to all adults in the U.S. by two weeks, from May 1 to April 19, according to multiple reports.
An unidentified administration official told CNN that Biden will make the announcement during remarks scheduled Tuesday afternoon from the White House. An unnamed White House official also confirmed the plan to The Associated Press.
The news comes weeks after Biden announced during a March 11 prime-time address that he was directing states to make all American adults eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1, CNN reported. The new deadline, which Biden plans to announce later today after visiting a Virginia vaccination site, is 12 days earlier than the original, an administration official told the AP.
According to CNN, every state has either opened eligibility to all adults or announced plans to open eligibility soon. Five states – Hawaii, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon and South Dakota – had planned to do so by May 1, CNN reported.
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