Within two months of assuming charge as the US President, Joe Biden has announced that all adult Americans will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination by May 1. He also hoped that if everything went well, all Americans would be able to gather with their family and close friends to celebrate Independence Day on 4 July.
In his first prime-time address to the nation on Thursday, Biden promised that he would use every power he has as the president to put America on a war footing to get the job done. Last week his administration had announced that it would have enough doses to begin inoculating every adult by the end of May.
Joe Biden began his 24-minute speech by saying, “I am announcing that I will direct all states, tribes, and territories to make all adult Americans eligible for the vaccine no later than May 1.”
Biden further said that the only way the United States can return to normalcy is by defeating the Covid-19 virus. He also enunciated his five-point plan to get the country back on track.
“For all of you asking when things will get back to normal, here is the truth: The only way to get our lives back — and to get our economy back on track — is to beat the virus. Here are the next steps we’re taking to make that happen:
First, I’m directing all states, tribes, and territories to make all adult Americans eligible for the vaccine no later than May 1.
Second, when every adult is eligible in May, we will launch new tools to make it easier for you to find a vaccine — including a website that will help you find a place to get a vaccination near you.
Third, with the passage of the American Rescue Plan, and my announcement last month of a plan to vaccinate teachers and school staff, we can accelerate the massive nationwide effort to reopen our schools safely.
Fourth, we will issue further guidance on what you can and cannot do once fully vaccinated — to lessen the confusion, keep people safe, and encourage more people to get vaccinated.
Finally, we need every American to do their part — including getting vaccinated when it’s their turn and helping family, friends, and neighbors get vaccinated as well.”
The U.S President added, “If we all do our part, then by July 4th, there’s a good chance folks will be able to gather with family and close friends to celebrate Independence Day.”
Joe Biden said America is coming back and the country is once again proving that it is never a good bet to bet against the American people. He sought the support of the people to do their part and get vaccinated when their turn comes. He also advised them to maintain the Covid-19 protocols like keep washing their hands, stay socially distanced and keep wearing masks.
The U.S President said that before he took office, he set a bold goal of administering 100 million shots in his first 100 days and he was proud to share that his administration was well ahead of schedule and on track to reach that goal in 60 days.
“The last year has tested us in unimaginable ways, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. We will emerge stronger. One in four adults in the U.S. has received their first COVID-19 vaccine — and we’re now leading the world in vaccinations. That’s progress,” Joe Biden said.
According to New York Times database, at least 1,522 new coronavirus deaths and 62,690 new cases were reported in the United States on 11 March. Following the outbreak last year, over 29,309,700 people have been infected with the virus in the country while 530,351 people have died due to infection.