“I won’t trust you until we defeat this virus. But I need you, the American people. I need you, I need every American, to be a part of them.” “I need you when it’s your turn and when you get an opportunity. Part, if we do it together – by the Fourth of July, there will be a good chance in your backyard or your neighborhood with you, your family and friends And there will be a cookout and a barbecue and can celebrate Independence Day. After this long hard year, that will make this Independence Day something really special. “
He seems to be hoping that by setting a date to open the country, citizens will have to stick with restrictions and prudent behavior for a while, potentially saving thousands of lives in the process. But by setting a target date, he is also creating a bar against which his administration will be judged. The epidemic has at times underestimated predictions by top government officials who want to apply their timetable to a dangerous and unpredictable virus, and they acknowledged that uncertainty in their addresses.
“This fight is over,” Biden said. “July 4 is the goal with your loved ones. But one goal – a lot can happen, conditions can change. Scientists have made it clear that things can get worse once new forms of the virus spread.”
“We all lost something, a collective misery, a collective sacrifice – a year filled with the loss of life and the loss of living for all of us,” Biden said, almost leading a moment of national catharsis.
He then sought to come out of the darkness of the epidemic in the country and implement a national resolution, suffering from adverse conditions, to create a sense of equal, unified, national purpose to finalize the country in the light of a better future.
His speech in the East Hall of the White House, using the president’s unique bullying piplot, was in the tradition of using a vast, united national effort of presidents, from a commander-in-chief who had closely watched his ancestors for decades Have spent. .
His personal challenge to every American recalls the faith and optimism of President Franklin Roosevelt, who assumed office in a dangerous moment of the Great Depression. A date carrot by which all adults can become eligible for the American vaccine, 1 in 10 citizens is fully vaccinated. But the more people get their dose, the impatience is increasing among those who are still waiting and want to get it.
Biden was not only challenging the states – but also his government, which now states should provide building blocks to carry out their orders. His speech came halfway through his first symbolic 100 days in office and exactly a year later when the country began to shut down, as a positive test and actor Tom Hanks announced he had the virus.
Biden’s address to the nation also surfaced against a spate of orders by most Republican governors to drop all their restrictions on bars, restaurants and gyms, as public health experts have warned that those locations broadcast dangerous Vavid-19 variants May be more infectious and less susceptible to vaccines.
A meticulous balance on tone
The poll showed that 67% of Americans say they have little or no faith in Biden to get the country out of the epidemic, but presidential aides insisted on Thursday that the speech as a “victory lap” Was not intended.
Part of Biden’s challenge will be to keep Americans cautious as the number of cases declines, more people are vaccinated and new variants are aired. A greater risk if Americans lower their guard, it is not yet clear how effective the vaccines would be in preventing transmission in the form of mutations of the virus.
As part of Biden’s effort to accelerate vaccination to reduce the spread of the virus, the administration announced on Thursday that it would distribute vaccines to an additional 700 community health centers that cater to ineligible populations and both in part Will double the number of pharmacies taking. Plan and number of federally operated vaccination centers, which are operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the US Army, and other federal agencies. An additional 4,000 active-duty soldiers will be involved in the vaccination effort for a total of 6,000. Biden’s team is expanding the pool of qualified vaccinators to include dentists, some EMTs, paramedics, optometrists, physician assistants, podiatrists and veterinarians as well as medical students and nursing students.
Addressing the main concern of many parents, the president emphasized the administration’s focus on reopening schools. His US rescue plan would involve approximately $ 130 billion in schools dedicated to the task of hiring more staff and avoiding staff layoffs, while making adjustments that would allow for smaller class sizes and additionally missed children. Will provide additional services to help. Or socially, or emotionally may need additional help after being out of school during the previous year. The administration also plans to direct $ 650 million towards the Kovid-19 test in class K-8 to help smooth the transition to classroom instruction.
With the virus variants posing potential barriers to the goal of regaining herd immunity, the Biden administration is pushing for a $ 1.75 billion investment of the US rescue plan to expand genomic sequencing, which allows the federal government to outperform other variants. Will help identify, track and mitigate.
Biden’s arguments for caution and prudence in facing those threats There will be anger by optimistic data points that are leading many state officials to roll back their restrictions. New coronovirus cases are at their lowest level since October and hospitalizations have averaged less than 45,225 in the last seven days. The US is now vaccinating more than 2 million a day and approaching Biden’s initial target of 100 million shots of weapons in 100 days.
“Tonight, I can say that we are not only going to meet that goal, we will beat that goal,” the president said.
Encouraged by those figures, states from Oklahoma to Maryland have begun reducing coronovirus restrictions. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, told residents on Thursday that the state was on track “to bring back our heat” as it announced it was signing a new executive order that would make it clear that “the events No statewide ban or Oklahoman “The Governor of Oklahoma previously required state employees to wear masks in state buildings, but a statewide mask was not mandatory.
“There cannot be standard zero cases for the general,” Stitt said. “In Oklahoma, the standard for the common is freedom.”
At the more extreme end of the spectrum, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxson is suing around the city of Austin and Travis County for keeping his masked mandate after the Republican government. Greg Abbott took out a statewide mandate on Wednesday. There were 3,032 new Kovid cases and 231 deaths in the state on Thursday.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler said on Thursday as CNN’s “New Day” that science and data are very clear that the most important work we’re doing at this point is by wearing all masks. His city. “We are so close. This is not the time to risk.”
Biden echoed that topic in his speech as he asked Americans to do the things that would have the most impact in stopping the spread of the virus.
The president said Thursday night, “We need everyone to get vaccinated. We need everyone to wash their hands, stand out socially, wear masks.” “We have made a lot of progress. This is not the time.