President Joe Biden has announced that all adults will be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine by April 19. The news came that confirmed coronavirus infections in the US continue to rise, adding to pressure to quickly increase the number of people vaccinated to counter the surge in more infectious variants of coronavirus.
“Let me be dead serious about you,” Biden said at the White House on Tuesday. “We are not on target. We still have a lot to do. We are still in a life and death race against this virus. “
The new promise changes Biden’s previous goal of ensuring that 90 percent of adults in the United States will get vaccinations by April 19. This is possible given the recent surge in vaccinations across the country.
According to CDC figures, more than 108 million Americans – including about 40 percent of all adults and 75 percent of seniors (65 years and older) – had received at least one dose Tuesday morning. Almost 63 million people are fully vaccinated. Overall, the country’s vaccination rate is almost five times higher than the world average, according to a CNN analysis. Over 3 million Americans receive Covid-19 shots every day.
This quota enables the country to meet the government’s goal of 200 million rounds of gunshots by April 30, Biden’s 100th day in office. When the president announced the target on March 25, 100 million shots had been fired in less than two months. If doctors and nurses continued to deliver at least 2.5 million shots a day – the seven-day average in late March – the administration would hit its 200 million shot goal in a matter of days.
The president’s promise to open vaccinations to all adults is largely symbolic. All but one state, Hawaii, had already promised to make vaccines available to all residents 18 years and older either before or before the new April 19th date. Most recently, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday morning that her state’s schedule would be postponed to match that of the President.
However, the announcement ensures that every state is subject to the same vaccination rules when access opens. And it’s becoming increasingly important to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible: Covid-19 rates are rising in some parts of the country, especially in the upper Midwest, and experts continue to warn of a renewed spike in the spread of Covid- 19 infections of variants and relaxed restrictions in some states.
The US is facing an upward trend in confirmed Covid-19 cases
While increased vaccination rates and eligibility rates are unquestionably good news, both developments coincide with a surge in Covid-19 cases, which experts fear could soon become a fourth wave. On March 14, the country reported a weekly average of fewer than 53,000 cases per day. That number reached 76,594 cases on April 5, up 20 percent from 14 days earlier. Deaths are declining and hospital admissions are stagnating, although these numbers typically lag behind case numbers for several weeks before reflecting these increases.
The increase is believed to be caused in part by the continued spread of variants, which are often more contagious and sometimes more deadly than the original strain of the coronavirus. Part of the national vaccination effort is a race to vaccinate the country before more new varieties emerge. Experts are particularly concerned about the rise in potential variants with an Eek mutation, which enables a virus to better evade vaccine immune responses.
According to Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, variants have been found in every US state, although none had the Eek mutation. Osterholm told Meet the Press on Sunday that variant B.1.1.7, believed to be more contagious and deadly and originated in the UK, “is almost like a whole new pandemic is upon us . ”The good news: Vaccines seem to stop the spread.
The scientists do not currently know how far the new variants are in circulation. But over the weeks they will likely account for a higher proportion of US Covid-19 cases – and a major concern of variant B.1.1.7 is the impact on children, according to Osterholm.
“Unlike the previous strains of the virus, we did not see that children under eighth grade were often infected or that they were not often very sick,” Osterholm told Meet the Press. “You haven’t passed on to the rest of the community. That’s why I was one of those people who was very supportive of reopening learning in the classroom. B.1.1.7 turns it upside down. “
However, Anthony Fauci, the chief medical officer of the Biden government, said the threat from these variants and the risk of a new wave of cases can be minimized as long as vaccination rates continue to rise.
“As long as we vaccinate people efficiently and effectively, I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Fauci said Tuesday on MSNBC. “That doesn’t mean we still won’t see any increases in cases. Whether or not it explodes into a real surge remains to be seen. I think the vaccine will prevent this from happening. “
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