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President Biden on Tuesday said he hopes the United States will have ample COVID-19 vaccine supply for domestic use by this summer and enough doses to share the inventory with other countries.

The state of play: Biden on Tuesday ramped up his administration's vaccine timeline, ordering all states to make the shots available to Americans ages 16 and older by April 19. He previously set May 1 as the target date.

  • Biden also noted on Tuesday that the U.S. has administered 150 million coronavirus vaccine doses in the first 75 days of his presidency.

Between the lines: The U.S. has already started planning for vaccine sharing with some neighboring countries, including Canada and Mexico.

  • But those doses are expected to be manufactured by AstraZeneca, which has not yet received an emergency use authorization in the U.S.

Vaccine allowances can also be a negotiating tool for diplomatic use. The proposal to send vaccines to Mexico came amid rising tensions at the U.S.' southern border in response to an uptick of unaccompanied minors traveling to America.

  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last month there were "several diplomatic conversations, parallel conversations, many layers of conversations" during the decision-making process to send vaccines to Mexico.

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Biden sets new April 19 deadline for all adults to be eligible for vaccine

President Biden. Photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden will announce Tuesday that he is moving up the deadline for states to make all American adults eligible for a coronavirus vaccine to April 19, CNN first reported and Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: The announcement means states will be pressured to make all Americans 16 years and older eligible for the vaccine two weeks earlier than the original May 1 deadline, reflecting a growing confidence in the U.S. vaccination campaign.

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Congress hunts for shortcut to pass defense funding, debt limit combo

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer returned to his office Monday. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The scramble in Congress to pass the National Defense Authorization Act is being complicated by an effort to tie it to a needed hike in the federal debt limit.

Why it matters: The House and Senate are rapidly coming up against a series of deadlines they must address before the end of the year — or risk disrupting crucial military funding and upending the economy. Congressional leaders are now hoping they can knock out both "must-pass" priorities in one, complex swoop.

Scoop: Inside Jake Sullivan's call with U.S. hostages' families

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National security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke last week with relatives of U.S. hostages and others wrongfully detained abroad, after more than two dozen families expressed frustrations about their inability to get a meeting with him or President Biden, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Participants on the video call, which began at 7pm ET Friday and lasted more than an hour, told Axios they didn't get satisfactory answers to many of their questions. Nonetheless, they were encouraged by Sullivan's commitment to follow up and pledge to be personally available to them and others going forward.