Washington (AP) – US President Joe Biden wants to end the shocking vaccination groups in the corona pandemic and have vaccines released for all adults in the US by May 1.
In his first major televised address to the nation, Biden announced an injunction to the states to do so. At the same time, the president urged Americans to get vaccinated. Everyone must do their part to stop the virus, he emphasized a year after the pandemic started. “This battle is far from over.”
Biden promised his fellow countrymen to be able to celebrate in small groups again on the national holiday on July 4. “After this long, difficult year, this Independence Day, when we not only celebrate our independence as a nation, but also begin to celebrate our independence from this virus, will make something very special.” But the prerequisite is that people continue to adhere to infection protection rules, he cautioned. Scientists have made it clear that the situation could worsen again with the spread of new virus variants.
Biden stressed that making the vaccines available to all Americans does not mean all adults will be immediately vaccinated on May 1. But he announced measures to simplify vaccinations. In May, a website will go online with vaccination options in the area. A toll-free phone number should also help. The number of pharmacies and health centers where vaccinations are administered is expected to increase significantly. The number of soldiers supporting the vaccination campaign must be increased by more than 4,000 to more than 6,000.
Biden had promised that 100 million doses of vaccine would be administered in the first 100 days after taking office on Jan. 20. Midway through this time, the White House reported on Thursday that the 81 million cans mark had been exceeded. Biden announced that his goal would be reached after 60 days in office – that would be by the end of next week. There are now more than two million vaccinations a day, he said.
About 330 million people live in the US. According to the CDC’s health authority, nearly one in four adults has now received at least one dose of the vaccine. Just under 13 percent of adults and more than 30 percent of people over 65 are fully vaccinated. The Biden government recently announced that the US would order an additional 100 million doses of vaccine from the manufacturer Johnson & Johnson.
Shortly before his speech, Biden carried out a massive economic stimulus package against the corona crisis by signing his “US bailout plan.” Just 50 days after taking office, the Democrat was able to carry out his first major legislative project. The size of the stimulus package of about $ 1.9 trillion (about $ 1.6 trillion) is equivalent to nearly 10 percent of annual US economic output. It will boost the economy hit hard by the pandemic and create millions of new jobs.
The first Americans should see one-time $ 1,400 direct payments in their accounts this weekend, as the White House promised. Greater tax benefits and further direct payments are also planned for families with children. In addition, there should be financial support for coronavirus tests, the vaccination campaign, school openings and extra support for the unemployed.
Biden’s televised speech was characterized by empathy – a quality not attributed to his predecessor Donald Trump. “We are linked by the loss and pain of yesteryear,” said Biden, expressing deep condolences to the families of the pandemic victims. The Democrat did not mention Trump by name, but the following words likely apply to the Republican: “A year ago, we were hit by a virus that was answered with silence and spread out of control,” Biden said. “Denying for days, weeks, and then months resulted in more deaths, more infections, more stress, and more loneliness.”
Exactly a year before Biden, Trump addressed the nation in a speech about the corona crisis. He then announced an entry ban for foreigners from Europe, which is still in effect. Trump – who repeatedly denied the danger of the coronavirus – also claimed a year ago, “No country is more prepared and more resilient than the United States.” At the time, Johns Hopkins University statistics recorded 1,100 coronavirus infections and 37 deaths in the United States. There are now nearly 30 million confirmed infections and about 530,000 deaths.
According to a study published by CNN on Thursday, 77 percent of Americans now think the worst phase of the corona crisis is over. There were also good values for Biden: more than two-thirds (67 percent) of respondents trust that he will lead the country out of the crisis. Biden said Thursday, “There is hope and light.” Before the Americans were now “better days after one of the most difficult and darkest periods in the history of this nation”.