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President Biden directed states and tribal governments to designate all adult Americans eligible for a vaccine no later than May 1 during his primetime address on the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act on Thursday.

Why it matters: It's part of the Biden administration's "wartime effort" to get the nation "closer to normal" by July 4.

Context: Biden said in early March that the U.S. would have enough vaccine doses for 300 million Americans by the end of May, roughly two months sooner than his previously promised timeline by the end of July.

What they're saying: "A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked," Biden said. "Denials for days, weeks, then months, that led to more deaths, more infections, more stress and more loneliness."

  • "A year filled with the loss of life, and the loss of living for all of us. But in the loss we saw how much there was to gain in appreciation, respect and gratitude, finding light in the darkness is a very American thing to do."
  • "In fact, it may be the most American thing we do."

Of note: Biden's address Thursday also comes one year after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic.

Biden said 527,726 Americans have died from the coronavirus as of Thursday night.

  • "That's more deaths than in world War I, World War II, the Vietnam war and 9/11 combined," the president added.

The big picture: Biden also announced that the federal government will launch a website before May 1 to make it easier for people to find vaccination sites and schedule appointments.

  • Biden said his administration will release new guidance on what people can and cannot do once fully vaccinated and that his Department of Education will focus on opening the majority of elementary and middle schools across the U.S.

Go deeper: Biden signs $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill

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Filings show Sweetgreen isn't profitable, despite claims

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.

U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.

Biden to Dems: This is my make-or-break moment

President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after addressing the House Democratic caucus on Thursday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden told the House Democratic caucus Thursday "my presidency will be determined" by the votes he wants in the next week on his $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion and $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

Driving the news: Biden made the comment, according to a source in the room, as he tried to rally support for the $1.75 trillion package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acted immediately, calling for a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill later in the day.