The White House announced on Tuesday that all adults in the country will have the possibility to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for April 19, almost two weeks before the May 1 date indicated last month.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki made the announcement during her daily press conference, blaming it on speed in acquiring vaccine supplies and organizing the logistics necessary to administer them.
“We are at a point where, with the supplies we have available, with the number of vaccination centers and professionals who vaccinate, we believe that everyone in the country should be able to get in line by April 19”, Psaki stated.
The announcement, which President Joe Biden plans to promote during a visit to a vaccination center this Tuesday in Virginia, implies advancing the date that the White House set in March to open the possibility of inoculation to all adults, which until now was May 1st.
The rate of vaccination has skyrocketed in the United States, which now vaccinates about 3 million people a day, “far more than any other country in the world,” in Psaki’s words.
The spokeswoman announced this Monday that the North American country has already exceeded the threshold of 150 million administered vaccines, and in fact, more than 167 million doses have been applied so far, according to the latest data from the Centers for Control and Prevention. of Diseases (CDC).
A third of Americans, and 40% of those over 18 in the country, have already received at least the first dose of the vaccine; while 23.2% of the nation’s adults are already fully immunized, according to the CDC.
Although these figures have generated much hope, the White House must now combat the skepticism of many Americans who do not want to get the vaccine and the expansion of the British strain of COVID-19, which has generated an upturn in infections in much of the country .
“(Biden) is asking people to sacrifice a little more time” to avoid a further outbreak of infections, Psaki stressed.