July 24, 2021


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Biden wants all adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by May 1

President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during a prime-time address from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Joe Biden announced during a speech Thursday night that states must make the COVID-19 vaccine available to all eligible adults by May 1. The speech outlined plans to ramp up vaccination distribution and expand the number of sites administering the vaccine.

Biden urged Americans to get vaccinated in his speech, delivered a year to the day after the pandemic forced Americans into isolation to reduce the spread of disease, which has already killed more than 500,000 in the US.

“I need you to get vaccinated when it’s your turn and when you can find an opportunity,” Biden said, adding that “there’s a good chance” small gatherings could take place by the Fourth of July.

“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 we begin to mark our independence from this virus,” he said. “But to get there, we can’t let our guard down.”

The administration said it’s more than doubling the number of federally run mass vaccination centers and will double the number of pharmacies participating in the federal mass vaccination program, making the vaccine available at more than 20,000 pharmacies. Mobile operations in the hardest hit communities will also be expanded.

The administration also said it plans to launch a website that will show people where vaccines are locally available. It also plans to create a telephone help line for those without internet access.

Read More: https://www.cnet.com/health/biden-wants-all-adults-eligible-for-covid-19-vaccine-by-may-1/