First major televised address: Biden promises vaccinations for everyone from May

Status: 03/12/2021 3:45 a.m.

It was his first major prime-time address: US President Biden has called on citizens to fight the corona pandemic together. By May at the latest, all adults should be vaccinated regardless of age.

US President Joe Biden wants to lift the staggering according to vaccination groups in the corona pandemic and have the vaccines released for all adults in the USA by May 1 at the latest. He would issue a corresponding order to the states, announced Biden in his first major television address at prime time. The President urged Americans to get vaccinated. Everyone must do their part to fight the pandemic.

US President Biden wants vaccines to be released for everyone by May

Tagesschau 04:55 am, March 12th, 2021

Biden promised the citizens that they would be able to come together again in small groups and celebrate for Independence Day on July 4th. At the same time, the president urged his compatriots to continue to observe precautionary rules. Should there be any setbacks in fighting the pandemic, protective measures could be tightened again. “This fight is far from over,” warned Biden. “There is hope and light for better days if we all do our part.”

Vaccinations are progressing quickly

Biden had promised that 100 million doses of vaccine would be given in the first 100 days of his tenure. According to the White House, after around half of this time the mark of 81 million cans has already been exceeded.

330 million people live in the United States. According to the CDC health authority, almost one in four adults has now received at least one dose of vaccine. Just under 13 percent of adults and more than 30 percent of those who are 65 years of age or older are fully vaccinated. The Biden government recently announced that the US would order an additional 100 million vaccine doses from the manufacturer Johnson & Johnson.

“We are connected by pain”

Biden’s televised address was characterized by empathy. “We are connected by the loss and pain of days gone by,” said Biden, who expressed his deep condolences to the families of the pandemic victims. The Democrat did not mention his predecessor Donald Trump by name, but the following words may have been related to the Republican: “A year ago we were hit by a virus that was met with silence and which spread uncontrollably,” said Biden. “Denial for days, weeks, then months resulted in more deaths, more infections, more stress, and more loneliness.”

Exactly one year before Biden, Trump addressed the nation in a speech about the corona crisis. At that time he announced an entry ban for foreigners from Europe, which is still in force today. Trump, who repeatedly belittled the danger posed by the coronavirus, also claimed a year ago: “No nation is better prepared and more resilient than the United States.” At that time, Johns Hopkins University statistics recorded 1,100 coronavirus infections and 37 deaths in the United States. There are now almost 30 million confirmed infections and around 530,000 deaths.

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