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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.

Driving the news: Biden will also announce that the U.S. has administered 150 million coronavirus vaccine doses in the first 75 days of his presidency.

  • Biden set a new goal of 200 million doses in his first 100 days last month after it became clear that the U.S. was far outpacing his initial goal of 100 million doses.
  • He added last week that 90% of Americans will have a vaccination site within five miles of their homes by April 19, with administration increasing the number of pharmacies in the federal vaccination program from 17,000 to nearly 40,000 across the U.S.

Between the states: Hawaii and Oregon will be the only two states pressured to move up their deadline, as they previously planned on making all adults eligible by May 1, according to a New York Times tracker. All other states have already met or are scheduled to meet Biden's April 19 deadline.

The big picture: At the White House COVID-19 response team's briefing Monday, officials announced that the U.S. is now administering an average of 3.1 million vaccine shots per day. States administered a record of more than 4 million doses in a single day over the weekend.

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Dave Lawler, author of World
Apr 6, 2021 - World

Vaccinating Africa: Countries struggle to deliver the few shots they've got

Registering for a vaccine, in Thika, Kenya. Photo: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty

The first shipment of long-awaited coronavirus vaccines finally arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on March 3. One month later, they’re still sitting in a warehouse in the capital, Kinshasa.

Why it matters: Africa is at the back of the global line for vaccines, and most countries only expect enough doses to cover a fraction of their populations this year. But in some cases, even those limited supplies may not be fully deployed before they expire.

Apr 6, 2021 - Health

Health industry grapples with COVID vaccine mandates

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

As coronavirus vaccines become less scarce, employers such as nursing homes and hospitals are debating whether to require their employees to be vaccinated, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Health care workers often interact with the members of society most vulnerable to severe coronavirus infections, making a particularly strong case for vaccine mandates.

Apr 5, 2021 - Health

CDC: Disinfecting indoor surfaces only necessary after recent COVID-19 case

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Regular household cleaners and soap — not disinfectant — are fine to use to clean indoor surfaces and lower the risk of spreading the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

What they're saying: “Disinfection is only recommended in indoor settings, schools, and homes where there has been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 24 hours,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at Monday's White House coronavirus briefing.