US is the first country to administer 150 million shots and the first country to fully vaccinate over 62 million people.
Washington: All adults across America will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccines within two weeks, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday, as economic powerhouse California set a June 15 target to fully reopen businesses..
Biden announced in a White House speech that he is moving up the deadline for all over-18s to be eligible for vaccines to April 19. The previous target had been May 1.
“Our vaccine program is in overdrive. We’re making it easier to get a vaccination shot,” Biden told the nation. “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.
Some 556,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, by far the highest toll reported in any country.
IMF meanwhile said accelerated vaccines and a flood of government stimulus spending, especially in the United States, meant it now predicts global economic growth this year of 6 percent, up from a forecast of 5.5 percent in January.