The official said Biden will also highlight the ongoing work by his administration to “gain equity in our pandemic response,” which federal officials have insisted has been central to their pandemic response efforts since day one.
Restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the virus are being lifted every day across the country and more and more Americans are returning to their pre-pandemic lifestyles. But federal health officials have warned that uninfected people could continue to spread the virus and the more transmissible new variant could accelerate the spread. The Biden administration is rushing to vaccinate as many eligible populations as possible to try to prevent even more growth and spread of new variants.
Federal officials are pointing to the emerging B.1.617.2, or delta, variant, first identified in India, as another reason for vaccination. Andy Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser for the Covid-19 response, told CNN on Wednesday that the Delta version is like “Covid on steroids.”
The event will follow a grim milestone in the country’s fight against the pandemic: the US surpassed 600,000 Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The Biden administration announced on Thursday that it will invest more than $3 billion in a US rescue plan to accelerate the discovery, development and manufacture of COVID-19 antiviral drugs – including pills that can be easily taken home by someone with illness. but can take.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters that although vaccines remain the centerpiece of administration in the fight against COVID-19, antivirals will add a layer of defense, especially against emerging variants.