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Biden wants all adults vaccine-eligible by May 1

White House says President Biden will direct states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines by May 1.

Posted: Mar 11, 2021 3:40 PM
Updated: Mar 11, 2021 6:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden will use his first prime-time address on Thursday night to announce that he is directing states to make all American adults eligible for a coronavirus vaccine no later than May 1.

That’s according to two senior administration officials who briefed reporters ahead of Biden’s evening address on the one year anniversary of the pandemic. The officials say the president will also say that there is a good chance Americans will be able to safely gather in small groups by July 4.

Biden is also expected to stress that the “fight is far from over.” But he’ll say the nation will be in a “far better place” by the Independence Day holiday if Americans wear masks, follow public health guidelines and get vaccinated when it is their turn. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to keep the focus on the president’s address.

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