Biden to move COVID-19 vaccine eligibility date to April 19

U.S. President Joe Biden stands to deliver his remarks on the tradition of Easter next to first lady Jill Biden holding a flower and a person wearing an Easter Bunny costume at the Blue Room Balcony of the White House in Washington

President Joe Biden was announcing Tuesday that he's bumping up his deadline for states to make all adults in the USA eligible for coronavirus vaccines.

That's about two weeks earlier than Biden's previously announced May 1 deadline.

On Tuesday, Biden is scheduled to tour a vaccination site at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, before making the announcement at the White House around 3:45 p.m. (1945 GMT).

Biden plans to tell Americans that "this is the time to go", Psaki said.

Several states have already opened up eligibility to residents 16 and up or announced plans to do so by May 1.

President Joe Biden is expected to move up the timeline for all American adults to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine to April 19, CNN reported Tuesday.

Instead of the traditional Easter egg roll, the White House had US President Joe Biden, alongside his first lady Jill Biden, delivering celebratory remarks on Monday.

COVID-19 has killed more than 555,000 people in the United States, but more than 167 million vaccine doses have been administered in the country. "We may be able to get together with some of them this Easter", he said during a conference call with faith leaders on Friday morning.

Seniors still waiting to be vaccinated should seek appointments quickly "because the lines are going to become longer" after April 19, Psaki said. "But this year we know many are still going without the familiar comforts of the season".

The White House said Monday that almost 1 in 3 Americans and over 40% of adults have received at least one shot, and almost 1 in 4 adults is fully vaccinated.

About 32% of Americans have received at least one vaccine dose and almost 19% are fully vaccinated.

She continued: "That Georgia was just one of the first states to act on a concerted effort to use easily disprovable conspiracy theories to fuel their attempts to make it even harder for eligible Americans to vote".

Pfizer and BioNTech's two-dose vaccine series are authorized for people aged 16 and up, while Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's vaccines are only authorized for adults 18 and above. It also comes as a flood of vaccine supply is being sent to states this week.