In 2020, more than 530,000 Americans were killed, many lost their jobs, and the country’s economy had a dramatic downturn. Joe Biden calls the past year “a collective suffering, a collective sacrifice.”
In his first prime-time address to the nation, President Joe Biden announced that he will order authorities to make all adults age 18 and above eligible for the vaccination by May 1.
Let’s discuss the speech of President Joe Biden.
- During his speech in the White House East Room, Joe Biden gave all the Americans a new ray of hope. He announced his next moves that take the country forward to being normal.
- When Joe Biden explained the outline of his plan, he announced that by May 1, he will make all adults at the age of 18 and above eligible for the vaccines. He also said that Americans might be able to gather around by the 4th of July as he wanted to take the nation “closer to normal.” He wants his people to celebrate the independence of the country on July 4th. He also mentioned that the number of places and categories of people getting vaccines might be expanded.
- The U.S is expecting the delivery of enough doses for the 255 million adults. However, the process of actually administering those doses will take time.
- He announced that he is appointing 4,000 active-duty troops to speed up the process of vaccination, allowing more medical students, veterinarians, and dentists.
- 950 community health centers and 20,000 retail pharmacies would be directed for more doses so that people can get the vaccines quickly.
- However, to reach his aim of allowing people to gather around for celebrating July 4, getting vaccinated might be the only thing that can make a difference. People must follow wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing, washing hands frequently, and other guidelines that were meant to be followed. These can help with the prevention and treatment of Coronavirus.
“I need you, The American people,” “I need you. I need every American to do their part.”, Bidden added.
- The speech came after just a few hours. Biden signed into law a $1.9 trillion relief package about to be introduced to defeat the virus and help the country’s economy be set back right.
Presidential historian and Rice University professor Douglas Brinkley said that “He’s got to win over hearts and minds for people stay masked and get vaccinated, but also recognize that after the last year, the federal government hasn’t forgotten you.”
Biden also tacitly criticized Trump for not displaying severe alarm about the upcoming catastrophe, leading to thousands of people’s death. He referred to it as “denials for days, weeks, then months that led to more deaths, more infections, more stress, and more loneliness.”
He also explicitly spoke about the struggles faced by Asian Americans who have been attacked and harassed during the pandemic.
Biden explained about those who received the vaccines.
- Over 65% of Americans over the age of 65.
- Over 70% of Americans over the age of 75.
Biden is now all set for the nationwide tour next week to tout his first major legislative accomplishment.