White House rules out a US vaccine 'passport'

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the state of the coronavirus vaccinations from the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington DC US

"They, of course, were president and vice president, but they are also friends". "Cases are going back up, hospitalizations are no longer declining". He has a goal of 200 million by April 30, which is also his 100th day in office. However, both Moderna and Pfizer produced two-dose shots as part of the program that began getting distributed in December, although Trump fell short of his goal of 20 million vaccinations distributed by the end of 2020.

Every adult in the United States will be eligible within two weeks to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday, moving up by two weeks the previous May 1 deadline for open season for inoculations.

"That would be a setback for public health, but that would be a psychological setback, too", he said during an interview with the National Press Club. "That would be bad", Fauci said.

As with almost all states, Virginia had previously announced that everyone, age 16 and older, would become eligible for shots by about the middle of this month, ahead of the previous deadline set by the White House.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke to reporters on Tuesday about the vaccine availability.

At least a dozen states opened eligibility to anyone 16 and older on Monday alone, while New Jersey and OR announced this week that all residents 16 and older will become eligible on April 19.

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"They share a bond of serving through eight years of the Obama-Biden administration, but also personal friendship and kinship", she said.

The president had announced just last week that 90% of adults would be eligible for one of three approved COVID-19 vaccines by April 19, in addition to having a vaccination site within 5 miles of their home.

The new eligibility date in two weeks will give all adults a chance then to schedule appointments for their shots at community health centers, pharmacies, drive-through vaccination sites in parking lots and elsewhere.

"By no later than 19 April, every adult aged 18 years and above will be eligible to be vaccinated". "We need to ask people to do that for a few more months".

The country is averaging 3.1 million shots per day over a 7-day period, White House officials said on Monday, and reached a new milestone over the weekend with an unprecedented 4 million vaccinations recorded in one day. The third vaccine requires just one shot. That effort follows a similar ban by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also a Republican, on the sort of Excelsior Pass launched in NY that allows residents to verify their vaccinations or negative test results before entering concert venues or stadiums.

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