President Biden will direct all states and tribal governments to designate all adult Americans eligible for a vaccine no later than May 1, according to a senior administration official.
Why it matters: It's part of the Biden administration's "wartime effort" to get the nation "closer to normal" by July 4. The announcement will be made during Biden's primetime address tonight on the American Rescue Plan Act.
Context: Biden said in early March that the U.S. will have enough vaccine doses for 300 million Americans by the end May, roughly two months sooner than his previous promise of enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of July.
The big picture: The president is also expected to announce a website and call center that will launch by May 1 and make it easier for people to find vaccine locations and schedule an appointment.
- He will increase the number of places people can get vaccinated and expand the type of people who can administer vaccines or support vaccinations.
- Biden is expected to announce the deployment of more than 4,000 active duty troops to support vaccination efforts, which will bring the total number of soldiers assisting vaccinations to over 6,000.
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