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

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 all Americans will be eligible for the vaccine two weeks earlier than the original May 1 deadline, reflecting a growing confidence in the U.S. vaccination campaign.


  • 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.

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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Why the startup world needs to ditch "unicorns" for "dragons"

When Aileen Lee originally coined the term "unicorn" in late 2013, she was describing the 39 "U.S.-based software companies started since 2003 and valued at over $1 billion by public or private market investors."

Flashback: It got redefined in early 2015 by yours truly and Erin Griffith, in a cover story for Fortune, as any privately-held startup valued at $1 billion or more. At the time, we counted 80 of them.

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Scoop: Facebook's new moves to lower News Feed's political volume

Facebook plans to announce that it will de-emphasize political posts and current events content in the News Feed based on negative user feedback, Axios has learned. It also plans to expand tests to limit the amount of political content that people see in their News Feeds to more countries outside of the U.S.

Why it matters: The changes could reduce traffic to some news publishers, particularly companies that post a lot of political content.

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