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Biden sets course for lofty vaccine goals

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President Biden celebrated the passage of the $1.9 trillion relief plan in the Rose Garden. The legislation sends another stimulus check to Americans, as the president is setting ambitious vaccination goals. Nancy Cordes shares more.

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- Tonight the first direct payments from the president's COVID relief plan are hitting bank accounts. But there are questions about whether President Biden will be able to deliver on two of his new goals, to make every adult eligible to be vaccinated by May 1 and for the country to be closer to normal by 4th of July. CBS's Nancy Cordes reports tonight from the White House.

NANCY CORDES: Here is one of the first direct payments from the IRS. It popped up in a bank account today, the funds still pending for a couple of days.

JOE BIDEN: We are showing it's possible to get big, important things done.

NANCY CORDES: In the White House Rose Garden, President Biden and a group of socially distanced Democrats celebrated their passage of the law that made those payments possible, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

JOE BIDEN: This legislation includes the biggest investment in child care since World War II. That's not hyperbole. That's just a fact.

NANCY CORDES: Today, governors on the left and right said they can meet Mr. Biden's new directive to make all adults eligible for the vaccine by May 1, but only if they get more doses.

CHARLIE BAKER: I think getting to the president's objective is absolutely doable, but it's going to require a significant increase in available supply.

NANCY CORDES: Federal officials say weekly allocations should grow from 16 million doses now to 24 million by early April. White House COVID coordinator Jeff Zients.

JEFF ZIENTS: The next couple of weeks of supply overall are relatively flat before supply really starts to accelerate towards the end of the month and then into April and into May.

NANCY CORDES: The White House announced it will help states handle the surge by doubling the number of pharmacies in the federal vaccine program to more than 20,000 and by authorizing more qualified professionals to administer the vaccine, including dentists, optometrists, and veterinarians.

- And Nancy Cordes joins us now from the White House. All right, Nancy, the question so many people want an answer to. What if you don't see the stimulus check in your bank account this weekend?

NANCY CORDES: The IRS says tonight, Nora, do not be concerned. These payments are going out in batches. And of course paper checks are going to take even longer. But they say if you're concerned, if you want to know the status of your payment, you can go to a special Get My Payment Tool on IRS.gov starting on Monday.

- Nancy Cordes, thank you.