In a White House address, Joe Biden revealed that the deadline for those over the age of 18 to be qualified for vaccines would be moved up to April 19. May 1 had been the previous deadline.
President Joe Biden declared on Tuesday that all adults in the United States will be eligible for Covid-19 shots within two weeks, and California has set a June 15 deadline for complete business reopening.
The good news came as a contrast to a record daily toll in Brazil and Europe’s troubled introduction of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has recorded the most coronavirus deaths in any country but is now a pioneer in the vaccine rollout.
In a White House speech, Biden revealed that the deadline for those over the age of 18 to be qualified for vaccines would be moved up to April 19. May 1 had been the previous deadline.
“Our immunisation programme has gone into overdrive. We’re making it easier for people to get vaccinated “Biden addressed the entire country. “We became the first country to administer 150 million vaccinations and the first to completely vaccinate over 62 million citizens.”
The April 19 deadline set by Biden ensures that people who want to get vaccinated will no longer be restricted based on their age, health status, or other factors. Since distribution is still a work in progress, this does not necessarily mean that everyone would be able to get a shot right away.
While visiting a vaccination site in Virginia earlier this week, Biden said that while the pandemic’s worst is “not over yet,” vaccinations indicate that it will be soon.
“Get one as soon as possible. That’s how we’ll get through this, “he said
California is getting ready to reopen.
Governor Gavin Newsom said that if the current rate of vaccinations persists, California will completely reopen on June 15, removing all Covid-related restrictions on businesses and gatherings.
The nation’s most populous state has now administered 20 million vaccine doses, and if there are no spikes or vaccine shortages, it will end its tier-based reopening plan.
“We’re announcing today that on June 15th, we’ll be removing the blueprint in its current form. If we keep up the good work, it will be on June 15th “Newsom added that the requirement to wear a mask will remain in place.
The California plans reaffirmed hopes that the US economy will be critical in bringing the world back to normalcy after the pandemic.
The International Monetary Fund said it now expects global economic growth of 6.0 percent this year, up from 5.5 percent in January, due to increased vaccinations and a flood of government stimulus spending, especially in the United States.
In comparison, the Covid-19 pandemic triggered a 3.3 percent contraction in 2020, the worst peacetime decline since the Great Depression nearly a century ago.
“Even with high uncertainty about the pandemic’s trajectory, a path out of this health and economic crisis is becoming increasingly clear,” said IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath.
The emphasis should be on vaccines.
More than 2.8 million people have died as a result of the pandemic, which has upended economies and lifestyles around the world and placed enormous strain on health-care systems.
Despite the fact that over 660 million shots have been administered worldwide, it has not abated on a global scale.
The coronavirus claimed 4,195 lives on Tuesday, the deadliest day of the pandemic so far for Brazil, which has now recorded nearly 337,000 deaths, second only to the United States.
Meanwhile, India, a vaccine-producing superpower, is grappling with a daily infection rate that is at an all-time high.
On Tuesday, New Delhi placed an immediate nighttime curfew, and Mumbai, India’s financial capital, followed suit.
With nearly half of the population receiving at least one vaccination, the United Kingdom is among the leaders in the sector.
Many other European countries, on the other hand, are falling behind on vaccines and have been forced to reintroduce highly unpopular shutdowns in order to combat stubbornly high caseloads.
Concerns about the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine and its suspected ties to blood clots have sparked a surge of concern in Europe.
The European Medicines Agency said on Tuesday that it has yet to come to a conclusion about whether there is a causal connection. It stated that a press conference would be held later this week.
A vaccination trial for children in the United Kingdom was halted on Tuesday to allow authorities more time to investigate potential ties to rare blood clots.
Oxford University, which assisted in the development of the vaccine, said in a statement that the trial revealed “no safety issues,” but recognised public concerns.
Concerns over caseloads in the United States
Despite the progress made in the United States, there is concern about a steady increase in Covid-19 infections as people relax their guard after more than a year of mask-wearing and social isolation.
Covid-19 has claimed the lives of over 556,000 Americans, the highest toll of any nation. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, there have been 79,075 new confirmed cases and 607 deaths as of Monday.
Biden cautioned that the virus and the vaccine programme are now in a “life and death race” in the United States.
However, a rare milestone in reopening international travel occurred when Australia and New Zealand, both of which are largely free of the coronavirus, declared a two-way, quarantine-free travel corridor beginning April 18 night.