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Biden aims to shoot faster – “independence from this virus”

WASHINGTON (AP) – A year after the Cornivirus stalled the nation, President Biden promised in his first time message that all adults should be vaccinated until May 1, and raised “Let’s celebrate our independence from the virus” on July 4. He offered new hope to the Americans and turned to them for help.

Speaking in the White House’s Eastern Room on Thursday night, Biden in his 24-minute message praised the “collective suffering” of Americans over the past year, then offered them a vision of returning to normalcy this summer.

“Together we are connected with the loss of the past days, with pain,” he said. “We owe hope and opportunities to us in the days ahead.”

He predicted that Americans could safely gather, at least in small groups, on July 4 “to make this Independence Day truly special.”

But he also warned that it was a “goal”, that achieving it depended on the cooperation of people to go back to health guidelines, to bend the lines, to get vaccinated as soon as possible. That alone, he said, could end the epidemic that has killed more than 530,000 Americans and disrupted the lives of countless people.

“Although it was different for everyone, we all lost something,” Biden said of the annual and countless epidemic sacrifices.

The speech came hours after Biden signed a $ 1.9 trillion bailout package that he said would help fight the virus, restore the economy to health, and provide direct assistance to Americans on the brink of extinction.

Some cash distributions may start in American bank accounts this weekend.

“This historic piece of legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,” Biden said as he signed the bill into the Oval Office.

For most Americans, the provisions that provide for direct payments of up to $ 1,400 and $ 300 a week in extraordinary unemployment benefits until early September are the most striking. Next year also includes extended tax credits for children, childcare and family vacations. Some of them are loans that Democrats have announced they want to make permanent, plus spending on renters, food bills, and utility bills.

In a statement issued Thursday evening, Biden said that as vaccine stockpiles continue to grow, he will direct states to territories until May 1 for all adults to be vaccinated. The United States expects to have enough doses for those 255 million adults by that month, but Biden warned that the actual dosing process will take time, even as his administration tries to build confidence in vaccine safety to overcome hesitation. for:

“Let me understand that this does not mean that everyone will have that blow immediately, but it does mean that from May 1 you will be able to stand in line,” he said.

Biden announced the expansion of other vaccine acceleration efforts, including the deployment of an additional 4,000 active troops to support vaccination efforts, allowing more people, such as medical students, veterinarians, dentists, to take pictures. He also directs larger doses to about 950 community health centers and up to 20,000 retail pharmacies, making vaccinations easier at closer homes.

Biden added that his administration plans to launch a nationwide website to help people find doses, saying it will address frustrations so that “there are no more appointments day and night.”

Even while optimistic, Biden made it clear that the July 4 timetable extends not only to larger gatherings, but also to Americans for cooperation in continuing to cover their faces, to maintain social distance, and to follow federal guidelines, which means slow down the spread of the virus in the near future. He called on them to raise their voices as soon as they were vaccinated.

Biden noted that “it is not the time to stick to the rules”, warning of the possibility of reversal just as people are on the verge of crushing the virus. “I need an American people,” he added. “I need you. I need every American to do their part.”

The House on Wednesday, by a vote of about 220-211 in a close party, gave the final approval of Congress to the sweeping package, seven weeks after Biden entered the White House, four days after the Senate passed the bill. In both houses, Republicans unanimously opposed the legislation, describing it as a bloated, liberal policy with imperceptible signs that crises were easing.

Biden originally planned to sign the bill on Friday, but it reached the White House faster than expected.

“We want to move as fast as possible,” wrote Chief of Staff Ron Klein.

Biden’s first speech was “a great moment,” said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian and Rice University professor. “He must win hearts and minds so that people can be masked and vaccinated, but he must realize that the federal government has not forgotten you since last year.”

Biden’s evening speech was crucial to the President during a pivotal week as he addressed the crucial challenge of his tenure, shepherding the people through the public health and economic storms caused by the virus.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released preliminary instructions on how vaccinated people can resume some normal activities. On Wednesday, Congress approved the president’s $ 1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan,” which aims to mitigate the economic impact of the virus on tens of millions of people. And the people were ready to carry out their 100 millionth dose of the vaccine on Thursday.

Almost a year ago, President Donald Trump addressed the nation to celebrate the WHO’s declaration of a global epidemic. He announced travel restrictions, called on Americans to maintain good hygiene, but made few warnings about the impending disaster. It later emerged that Trump had confessed to deliberately “crashing” the virus.

Biden indirectly criticized his predecessor, opening his remarks, citing “days, weeks, then months of rejections that led to more deaths, more infections, more stress, more loneliness.”

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