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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 the previous May 1 deadline.
"No more confusing rules. No more confusing restrictions," said Biden, at the White House, announcing that by April 19 everyone "18 or older will be eligible to be vaccinated."
The president's announcement comes amid a fourth surge of COVID-19 cases in the country with an increase in infections among young adults.
"We aren't at the finish line," Biden cautioned. "We still have a lot of work to do. We're still in a life and death race against this virus."
The president earlier Tuesday afternoon visited a pop-up inoculation site, 12 kilometers south of the White House, where he highlighted the push for intensified vaccinations.
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"When you go home, get all your friends, tell them get a shot when they can," Biden said to those inside a chapel of the Virginia Theological Seminary waiting to be vaccinated.
"They are more virulent," Biden said at the inoculation site of the new COVID-19 strains. "They are more dangerous, but the vaccines work on all of them."
"Nearly a third of the total U.S. population and about 40% of the adult population has received at least one dose, and nearly one-fifth of the total population is fully vaccinated," according to the White House.
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.