U.K. Aiming to Offer All Adults a COVID Vaccine by July

British citizens over 50 and with an underlying health condition should have access to a shot by April 15th.

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BAILEY VOGT: The UK is aiming to offer all adults their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine by the end of July.

MATT HANCOCK: We now think that we have the supplies to be able to do that. We can see that the NHS and all of those partners and all those working on this have been able to deliver jabs at about half a million a day.

BAILEY VOGT: That's an improvement over the original target of September. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock added, [? citizens ?] over 50 and with an underlying health condition should have access to a shot even faster, by April 15. Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with ministers Sunday, discussing a roadmap to end the country's national lockdown. The UK matched the goal of President Biden, who said all Americans should have access to a vaccine by July. He said that's when 600 million doses, which would cover most of the US population's two shots, would be distributed.

JOE BIDEN: July 29 is the expected date. That could change. I believe we'll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year. And, God willing, this Christmas will be different than last. But I can't make that commitment to you.

BAILEY VOGT: The President also urged Congress to pass his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan which would respond to both the pandemic and its economic fallout. For Newsy, I'm Bailey Vogt.