Washington: All adults across America will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccines within two weeks, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday, moving up the deadline to April 19 from the previous target of May 1.
“Our vaccine program is in overdrive. We’re making it easier to get a vaccination shot,” Biden told the nation in a White House speech. “We’re the first country to administer 150 million shots and the first country to fully vaccinate over 62 million people.”
Visiting a vaccination site in Virginia earlier, Biden said that while the worst of the pandemic is “not over yet,” vaccines mean it soon could be.
His administration is also finally planning to ramp up vaccines sharing with other countries, as per a statement by Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Meanwhile, after a few months of lull, India’s COVID case trajectory is on the upward spiral again. On Thursday the country saw over 1.26 lakh cases, Maharashtra alone was responsible for 60,000 cases. The second wave is worrying experts and health authorities that it will necessitate reimposition of restrictions and it could also be worse than the first one. Delhi, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh have imposed night curfew already.