President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden to talk infrastructure amid border, voting controversies Juan Williams: The GOP’s big lie on voting rights Schumer kicks into reelection mode MORE is set to announce that 90 percent of U.S. adults will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine and will have a vaccination site within 5 miles of where they live by April 19, the White House said Monday.
Biden will also announce in a speech Monday afternoon that the number of pharmacies in the federal vaccination program will more than double, from 17,000 to 40,000, by the same date.
Biden had previously set a goal of all U.S. adults being eligible for the vaccine no later than May 1. As supply ramps up, many states have opened up eligibility to all adults well ahead of that date, something that experts had expected given the increasing number of doses available.
The Biden administration is also working to increase the number of sites available, including the large expansion of the pharmacy program, intended to make it easy for people to get a vaccine from their local pharmacy.
A dozen more mass vaccination sites, as well as $100 million to help vaccinate at-risk seniors and people with disabilities, are also part of the new efforts.
The progress on vaccinations, which have exceeded 3 million per day recently, comes as there are also warning signs about a new spike in cases.
Vaccinations are not yet widespread enough for the country to be completely safe from a new wave of COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyOne year later, US still seeing too many COVID-19 deaths: CDC director US records over 30M coronavirus cases amid vaccination effort The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden leans heavily into gun control MORE warned of “impending doom” on Monday as more contagious variants of the virus, combined with the relaxation of restrictions, help fuel concerning increases, especially in the Northeast.
She urged governors and the public not to lift restrictions too early and to continue taking precautions like wearing masks and distancing from others.
“We do not have the luxury of inaction,” Walensky said.
On Sunday, the U.S. officially surpassed 30 million documented coronavirus cases, and Walensky said the seven-day average of new cases is around 60,000 a day, a 10 percent increase over the past week.
“When we see that uptick in cases, what we have seen before is that things really have a tendency to surge, and surge big,” she said.
Updated at 2:30 p.m.