We are perhaps in the waning days of this infernal pandemic, despite some of the gloom and doom that continues to spew forth from the precautionary doom prophets of the CDC.
This is due, in no small part, to the work the Trump administration in creating Operation Warp Speed, and the Biden administration’s aggressive and consistent adjusting of COVID-related deadlines.
The latest from No. 46’s office will now push up the date in which all Americans are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, and could truly spell the end of the pandemic for the nation at large.
With all states having opened eligibility to the public or at least having announced when they plan to do so, Biden will announce that every adult in the country will be eligible to be vaccinated by April 19, according to an administration official, instead of Biden’s original deadline of May 1.
Biden announced last week that 90% of adults will be eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine by April 19, as well as have a vaccination site within five miles of where they live. Biden said the number of pharmacies participating in the federal pharmacy vaccination program was increasing from the current 17,000 locations to 40,000.
CNN has previously reported that all 50 states have announced when they plan to open vaccinations to everyone who is eligible, if they haven’t done so already. New Jersey, South Dakota and Nebraska have announced plans to expand eligibility to those 16 years and older before Biden’s new deadline, and other states currently plan to open eligibility by May 1. Biden is expected to credit the governors’ effort to meet his May 1 deadline for this change.
Once vaccine eligibility becomes this widespread, the onus will be on the individual American to decide the level of risk that they are willing to take in regard to the virus, thus bringing our nation back to whatever our new “normal” is going to look like.
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