WASHINGTON – President Biden moved for two weeks on Tuesday, April 19, with his deadline set for states to make every American adult eligible for coronovirus vaccination, who are meeting that schedule.
Mr. Biden was proclaimed as American and his elected officials were struggling with competition and seemingly conflicting forces. The pace of vaccination is accelerating, but worrisome new forms are spreading. Mortality rates are declining, but caseloid and hospitalization are increasing.
California officials announced on Tuesday that they plan to lift all coronavirus restrictions on June 15, provided enough Kovid-19 vaccines are available for people 16 or older and hospitalizations to be low and stable. Other states are already lifting the ban, but Mr. Biden, commenting at the White House, warned of closing the railing soon.
“The virus is spreading, because we have a lot of people who, looking at the end, think we’re already at the finish line,” the president said. “But let me have a deadly earnest with you: We are not at the finish line. We still have a lot of work to do. We are still in the race for life and death against this virus.”
The president also reiterated and clarified his pledge to give the surplus vaccine to other countries, once he is certain that enough is enough for the people in the United States.
Quite months ago, Mr. Biden set a May 1 deadline for states to open vaccinations to all adults. A week after that, he said that by April 19, 90 percent of adults would be eligible for a shot and be able to get one within five miles of their home.
Since then, almost every state in the nation has stepped up its immunization program, and the vast majority are now meeting or approaching the April 19 target. on Tuesday, Oregon said those 16 or older Will be eligible for vaccination on 19 April.
On Monday, at least 530 new coronovirus deaths and 76,624 new cases occurred in the United States, according to a New York Times database. During the past week, there have been an average of 64,855 new cases per day, an increase of 20 percent from the average two weeks earlier.
This has put the country in a difficult position with public health officials, including the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Drs. Rochelle Wallensky, is urging governors to lift the ban and continue to follow social balance guidelines with citizens. Wear masks and take other public health precautions. Last week, Drs. Valensky said he felt a sense of “impending doom” from the possible fourth surge of the epidemic.
But in California, peak bite cases declined earlier this year, with the state now averaging 2,700 new cases, the lowest figure since June. The CDC said that, as of Tuesday, 35 percent of the state’s total population had received at least one vaccine shot, and 18 percent had been fully vaccinated.
- India registered more than 100,000 new cases a day for the first time.
- The biotech company says changes are taking place after the vaccine was added to its Baltimore plant.
- The one-time Navajo nation has gained control of the virus.
Gavin Newsom, a Democratic governor, said in a statement, “With more than 20 million vaccines statewide, the time has come to turn the page on our tier system and begin to reopen California’s economy completely. . ” “Now we can start planning for the afterlife epidemic.”
Many public health experts say that the nation is in the race between vaccines and variants and that vaccines appear to have the upper hand, at least for the moment. But public health officials are concerned that a recurrence of the virus may become more resistant in the future.
At the same time, they are witnessing an upsurge in the cases of young people, especially those between 18 and 24 years of age. Dr. Valensky told reporters on Monday that the CDC was working with the states to investigate outbreaks that spread to young people in what it said were extracurricular activities or sports.
Mr. Biden spoke on Tuesday after visiting a vaccination clinic at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, which is working with community health centers to offer vaccinations. Walking through the MakeShift clinic, he showed glimpses of his old self-styled retail politician who likes to get close to the people, patting him on the arm or a squeeze on the shoulder.
“He is going to be tough – he’s got too much mass there,” the president joked to a nurse as he squeezed the shoulder of a muscular man who was about to get his shot. “I tell you if I could have been an All-American if I had been like this. “
But his lightness made him believe the seriousness of the message that he would later deliver to the White House. There, he marked a milestone: Since Mr. Biden has been in office, the Americans have been given more than 150 million Kovid-19 shots to reach the target of 200 million shots by his 100th day in office Keeps the country on track. , at the end of this month.
“We have vaccinated more people than any other nation on earth,” the president said. “Vaccines have proven to be safe and effective. This should give us real hope. “
But, he said, “we can’t let it get complacent.”
Jill Cowan, Eileen Sullivan And Noah Weiland Contributed to reporting.