Biden addresses vaccine distribution

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As Merck will partner with one of its rivals, Johnson & Johnson, to distribute vaccines, President Joe Biden is addressing the current status of...
In America by the end, We'll have enough vaccine supply for adults by the end of July and I'm pleased to announce today as a consequence of the stepped up process that I've ordered and just outlined this country will have enough vaccines supply. I'll say it again for every adult in America by the end of May by the end of May, that's progress important progress, but it's not enough to have a a vaccine supply we need. People to put the shots in people's arms millions of Americans arms today we brought back retired doctors and nurses we've developed we deployed more than 1005. 1500 federal medical personnel you usually see during national disasters from the federal Emergency Management Agency, Fema, and the commissioned health core at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Defense Department, including the National Guard with. More to come, We're also increasing the places where people can get vaccinated, We've sent a millions of vaccines to over 7000 pharmacies to make it easier for folks to get their covenant nineteen vaccine shot like they would their flu shot The federal government is also working with states to set up hundreds of mass vaccination centers in places like stadiums community centers, parking lots that VA. And eight thousands of people per day, my wife, Jill, and I just visited one in Houston last week, it's incredible and with this increase production of three safe and effective vaccines, we have an opportunity to help address the urgent national need more quickly and getting our schools back open safely right now an entire generation of young people is on the brink of being set back a year more in their learning, you can ask millions of parents, they understand we're. Rising mental health concerns do impart to isolation educational disparities that always existed grow wider each day that our schools remain closed and remote learning isn't the same for every student as you all know our educators doing everything they can to protect and educate our students despite the lack of resources and as district trace budget crisis that risk education jobs, moms and dads are exiting the work. Forces astonishing numbers in order to care for and manage the school experience for their children at home hindering their own opportunities for and further undermining the health of our economy. This is a national imperative that we get our kids back into the classroom safely and as soon as possible as you know back in December, I set a goal for having a majority of our K through eight schools open by the end of my first 100 days as president to achieve. Goal I sent the American rescue planned Congress to provide vital help to make sure schools can open safely reopen safely essential things like more teachers to reduce class sizes, more buses and bus drivers to transport our kids safely and more space to conduct in person instructions and more protective equipment school cleaning services physical alterations to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus all cost money. The Passed the American rescue plan last week and I hope the Senate will follow as quickly and as well, you know also the Center for Disease Control and Prevention The Cdc issued new guidelines on how to reopen our school safely. It's a road map that will enable schools if they have the resources they deserve to reopen safely I have given those schools a road map I've asked Congress to give them the tools and today. To add one more tool to school reopening a vaccinated workforce, let me be clear we can reopen schools if the right steps are taken even employees are vaccinated but time and again we've heard from educators and parents that have anxieties about that so as yet another move to help accelerate the safe reopening of our schools, let's treat in person learning like an essential service that it is and that means. Essential workers provide that service educators, school staff child child care workers get them vaccinated immediately. They're essential workers over thirty states have already taken the step to prior prioritize educators for vaccination and today I'm using the full authority of the federal government. I'm directing every state to do the same my challenge to all states territories in the district of Columbia. is this we want. Educator School staff member child care worker to receive at least one shot by the end of the month of March to help make this happen starting next week and from a month the month of March we'll be using our federal pharmacy program for to prioritize the vaccination of pre K through twelve educators and staff and child care workers throughout March they will be able to sign up for an appointment at the pharmacy near them. I wanna be. Clear not every educator will be able to get their appointment in the first week but our goal is to do everything we can to help every educator receive a shot this month the month of March I wanna conclude with this, we're making progress from the mess we inherited we're moving in the right direction and today's announcements are huge step in our effort to beat this pandemic, but I have to be honest with you. This fight is far from over. I told you I'd be straight up with you from the beginning as I said. Times things may get worse again as new bearing spread and as we face setbacks like recent winter storms in the Midwest and south, but our administration will never take this public health threat lightly, though we celebrate the news of the third vaccine, I urge all Americans. please keep washing your hands. Stay socially distance wear mask keep wearing them get vaccinated when it's your turn. Is not the time to let up I've asked the country to wear mask for my first 100 days in office now is not the time to let our guard down people's lives are at stake We have already we've already and I carry this in my pocket lost more as of today we've lost more than 500. 511. 511008. 511800. 511839 Americans as of today, it's gotta stop. United States Senate to follow the house and pass the American rescue plan because despite the optimism without new resources our entire effort will be set back We need the resources the American rescue plan and we need it urgently We need them expanding testing ramp up distribution, fun theme and other federal vaccine efforts and continue reimbursing states for their efforts. We need need the resources of expansion genomic sequencing to stay ahead. Merging variants find the protective gear transportation, staffing and other cost required for school and business and open safely. We need to fund it. The bottom line is we need the American rescue plan now. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we cannot let our guard down now or assure that victory is inevitable. We can't assume that we must remain vigilant Act, fast and aggressively and look out for one another. That's how we're gonna get ahead of this virus. get our economy going again and get back to our loved ones. So thank you and please please it's not over yet great news but stay vigilant. Bless you and may God protect our troops. Thank you all very very much. Based on the news that you announced when do you think things will get back to normal when do you think things will get back tomorrow? When do I think things will get back to normal? I've been cautioned not to give an answer to that because we don't know for sure but my hope is by this time next year. We're gonna be back to normal and before that my hope but again, it depends upon the people continue continue to.

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