The administration plans to respond to the threat by accelerating the pace of vaccination: 90% of all American adults must be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19
The United States, like most countries in the world, continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and the war is far from over. For this reason, President Joe Biden and his administration are urging Americans to remain vigilant in order to return to normal life as soon as possible. Jan Psaki, the White House press secretary, said this on Tuesday.
Asked by reporters about the outcome of a phone meeting today by Jeff Seyants, the White House coordinator for coronavirus, Psaki reiterated the administration’s concerns about the recent spike in infections, which Dr. Rochelle Walenski, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned about Monday.
President Joe Biden on Monday also advised state and municipal governments not to relax restrictions related to wearing masks.
“The president is speaking not just to governors, but to people across the country … It’s not an easy message. It’s important for people to hear that we’re still waging war on this virus, and people need to remain vigilant to get back to normal,” Psaki said.
According to the White House spokeswoman, as the country has seen an increase in infections, the administration has not only called on authorities on the ground, but has also accelerated the pace of the pandemic response by stepping up a campaign to vaccinate Americans.
As Jeff Zients reported this morning, the White House has updated the deadline by which 90 percent of American adults will be eligible for vaccination: instead of May 1, it will be possible by April 19. The plan is to have vaccination sites available to 90% of U.S. adults within 8 kilometers of where they live by that date.
This will be possible due to the expansion of the federal program to involve pharmacy chains in the vaccination campaign: from 17,000 to 40,000 stores across the country. This program, according to Ms. Psaki, has worked well and proved successful.
In addition, the supply of vaccines through the federal government will be increased by an additional 33 million doses, which will help meet the needs of everyone who wants to be vaccinated.
“We know that the more people who can get vaccinated, the more accessible (the vaccine) is, the more effective we will be, and that’s what we’re focusing our efforts on,” Psaki said.