South Asia and Beyond

Biden Speeds Up Vaccination Deadline

U.S. President Joe Biden has advanced by nearly two weeks the deadline for states to make all adult Americans eligible for the Coronavirus vaccine. He said his administration is on schedule to meet the goal of administering 200 million doses of the vaccine during his first 100 days in office. But he struck a note of caution as well: “Let me be deadly earnest with you: we aren’t at the finish line. We still have a lot of work to do. We’re still in a life and death race against this virus.”

He expressed hope that by April 19, every U.S. adult will be eligible to sign up for vaccination. The President said more than 75 per cent of people aged over 65 have got a shot and over 55 per cent of them are fully vaccinated, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.