Speed Reads

good news

Biden expected to announce all U.S. adults will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by May 1

In his prime-time address on Thursday night, President Biden will deliver hopeful news, sharing that he is directing states to make all adult Americans eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1, White House officials said.

Following this timetable, people should be able to hold small gatherings by July 4. "The fight is far from over," Biden will say. "We still have a lot of work to do. But together, unified, we can defeat this pandemic and we can all celebrate a more normal Fourth of July with families and friends."

Biden's prime-time address, the first of his presidency, comes on the anniversary of the World Health Organization officially declaring the coronavirus was a global pandemic. He is also expected to announce the deployment of additional National Guard troops to help with inoculation efforts, as well as the expansion of eligible vaccinators to include medical school students, dentists, veterinarians, and physician assistants.