U.S. President Joe Biden announced Monday that 90 percent of adults will be able to get vaccinated against the coronavirus starting April 19 and will also have a vaccination center within five miles of their residence.
“I have directed my COVID team to ensure that there will be a vaccination center within five miles for 90 percent of all Americans by April 19, in three weeks,” Biden announced in an official appearance.
In addition, the number of pharmacies that will be participating in the federal vaccination program will be increased from 17,000 to 40,000, more than doubling, also by April 19.
Until now, the objective was that all adults in the country could be vaccinated before May 1, but the greater availability of the vaccine has made it possible to bring the date forward.
However, Biden has warned of the risk still posed by the coronavirus and has asked “please” state authorities to impose mandatory use of masks.
“I reiterate my call to every governor, mayor and local leader to maintain and reinstate mandatory facemasks. Please. This is not politics. Please reinstate mandatory facemasks if you have withdrawn them,” he appealed.
Biden said he shared the sentiment of the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who said earlier Monday that she has a sense of “impending doom” and is “scared.” “If we let our guard down now the virus could get worse, not better,” Biden warned.
The United States has confirmed 30,999,812 cases of coronavirus and 562,724 deaths from the disease it causes, COVID-19. In the last 24 hours, 32,390 infections and 198 deaths have been reported, while the epidemiological curve is on a slight upward trend, although far from the peaks of December and January.