The United States is shifting into high gear. In an address to the nation on Thursday, the US president spoke of the hope of a gradual return to normal life in the face of the coronavirus. With two main objectives announced: the opening of vaccination to all adults by May 1, and, if the current trend continues, the possibility of gathering with family and friends for the national holiday of July 4.
Joe Biden first began, in a serious tone, by taking a paper out of his pocket, on which he keeps the death toll from Covid-19. Which has claimed 527,726 lives in the United States since the start of the pandemic, a higher figure, he once again noted, in the toll of American victims of the two World Wars, that of Vietnam and of September 11 combined .
All eligible adults by May 1
This is the main announcement of his speech. Joe Biden will “order” all states to lift age restrictions on being vaccinated. All adults will be eligible “no later than May 1,” according to the US president. Who specifies: “It does not mean that everyone will have received an injection but that you can queue” to get an appointment.
According to Joe Biden, the symbolic goal of 100 million doses administered for the first 100 days of his presidency should finally be reached after 60 days. As of Thursday, 98 million people had received at least one dose, and 33.8 million Americans – or 10% of the population – are fully immunized. And the pace is picking up, with 2 million daily doses.
If the schedule is held and the variants that hit Europe hard continue to relatively spare the United States, Joe Biden is optimistic: there is “a good chance” that Americans can come together in small groups to celebrate the 4th. July around a BBQ. But the commander-in-chief of the United States warned: “The fight is far from over. “