Biden speeds up vaccine timeline

"We're going to be able to do this -- everyone's going to be able to do this before the month has happened."

Speeding up his own timeline, U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday moved the target date for all adult Americans to be eligible for a vaccine to April 19 -- two weeks earlier than the previous target .

Biden toured a vaccination site in Alexandria, Virginia, before making the announcement at the White House..

"Beginning April 19th, every adult in every state - every adult in this country is able to get in line to get a COVID vaccination.. What we do now it going to determine how many people we save or lose, in the month of April, and May and June - before we get to July 4th."

Some states are moving even faster ….

In Hyde Park, New York on Tuesday, a group of high school students were among the first teenagers 16 and older to receive a vaccine -- which was met with mixed emotions.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, BRIANA JUSTICE:

"You don't know what's true, what's not true, who to trust. I feel like at the end of the day, as long as you have some sort of protection against the deadly virus, it's all worth it in the end."

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, PAUL NAVARRO:

"I was nervous coming into this and kind of like, depressed, because I couldn't go out in public. So now that I got the shot done with, I feel fine and I'm ready to go out."

Despite the progress on vaccinations, cases in the Northeast have risen recently - and Michigan hit a record for new COVID-19 cases reported last week.

Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci Tuesday told the National Press Club cases nationwide were at a "precarious plateau."

Still, Dr Fauci sounded an optimistic note.

MODERATOR: "When are you going to feel comfortable to fly on an airplane?"

FAUCI: "If I have to go someplace, this summer, like with the family, I would not hesitate to do that -- If in fact we continue to come down on the infections and more and more people get vaccinated."

MODERATOR: "I think you calmed the nerves of half of America just now."

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JOE BIDEN: We're going to be able to do this-- everyone is going to be able to before the month is out.

- Speeding up his own timeline, US President Joe Biden on Tuesday moved the target date for all adult Americans to be eligible for a vaccine to April 19, two weeks earlier than the previous target. Biden toured a vaccination site in Alexandria, Virginia, before making the announcement at the White House.

JOE BIDEN: Beginning April 19, every adult in every state, every adult in this country, is eligible to get in line to get a COVID vaccination. What we do now is going to determine how many people we'll save or lose in the month of April and May and June before we get to July 4.

- Some states are moving even faster. In Hyde Park, New York, on Tuesday, a group of high school students were among the first teenagers 16 and older to receive a vaccine, which was met with mixed emotions.

PAUL NAVARRO: I was nervous coming into this and kind of, like, depressed because I couldn't go out in public. So now that I got the shot over and done with, I feel fine. And I'm ready to go out.

BRIANA JUSTICE: You don't know what's true, what's not true, who to trust. And I feel like at the end of the day, as long as you have some sort of protection against the deadly virus, it's all worth it in the end.

- Despite the progress on vaccinations, cases in the Northeast have risen recently. And Michigan hit a record for new COVID-19 cases reported last week.

ANTHONY FAUCI: We are really in a race.

- Top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci Tuesday told the National Press Club cases nationwide were at a precarious plateau. Still, Dr. Fauci sounded an optimistic note.

LISA NICOLE MATTHEWS: When are you going to fly? When are you going to feel comfortable?

ANTHONY FAUCI: If I have to go someplace this summer, like, with the family, I would not hesitate to do that if, in fact, we continue to come down on the infections and more and more people get vaccinated.

LISA NICOLE MATTHEWS: I think you just calmed the nerves of half of America just now.

ANTHONY FAUCI: Well, good. I'm glad I was able to do that.