Covid: Joe Biden promises vaccines will be available for every US adult by end of May.
This will be two months before previously expected, but Mr Biden said the vaccination drive must be extended, too, and other people convinced to require it.
And he warned people to “stay vigilant” because “this fight is way from over”, with new variants a serious concern.
His caution is at odds with some states, which are relaxing restrictions so as to spice up their economies.
Although there has been a pointy fall in cases since the beginning of the year, in some areas that drop has been levelling off, fuelling fears of another wave.
The US has recorded 28.7 million infections and 516,000 deaths associated with Covid-19 since the pandemic began, consistent with Johns Hopkins University research.
More than 76 million vaccination doses are administered – covering 15.3% of the population and therefore the US remains on target to satisfy Mr Biden’s pledge of delivering 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office.
What was in Mr Biden’s latest announcement?
The president said that drug manufacturer Merck – which this year discontinued work on its own vaccine – would now be helping Johnson & Johnson to supply its newly approved one-shot drug.
“We’re now on target to possess enough vaccine supply for each adult in America by the top of May,” he said, adding it had been “the sort of collaboration between companies we saw in war Two”.
But the president acknowledged that provide was just one issue, with the state wanting to extend its vaccination drive and convince people to require the shots.
“We need vaccinators, people that put the shots in people’s arms, many Americans’ arms,” he said.
“Great news, but stay vigilant,” Mr Biden said. “It’s not over yet.”
Another key announcement was the pledge to offer every teacher a minimum of round by the top of March, and speed up the reopening of faculties .
But on a general reopening, he was more cautious, saying he was unsure when a return to normal would be possible, although he did then say before “this time next year”.
What are the states doing on reopenings?
Some are now relaxing rules, despite a warning from top federal health officials last week to not ease up.
Mr Biden repeated that, saying: “We cannot let our guard down now or assure that victory is inevitable. we will not assume that.”
The governor of Texas on Tuesday issued an executive order, effective from 10 March, that rescinds most of the coronavirus measures he imposed earlier within the pandemic.
Greg Abbott lifted the regulation ordering people to wear masks and said businesses would be allowed to resume full capacity next week,
“It is now time to open Texas 100%,” the Republican said. “Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end.”
He said that with increased vaccinations and improved treatment for Covid-19, the state was “in a much better position now”.
The Democratic Party within the state said the “crazy” move would throw away all of the gains.
Mississippi has followed Texas in removing the order on mask wearing, but it’ll inherit effect even earlier – from Wednesday.
Other states, including Michigan and Louisiana, have also announced relaxation of some rules.
Michigan, which features a Democratic governor, is to ease capacity limits on restaurants, and on public and residential gatherings.
Individual states are responsible of public health policy within the US. At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, most introduced restrictions on businesses and travel.
About 35 required face coverings to be worn publicly places, although enforcement of those mask mandates has been patchy.