In his first primetime speech and nearly 50-days without a press conference, President Joe Biden addressed the nation on the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring the novel coronavirus a pandemic.
Biden said he will direct every U.S. state and territory to make all adults eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1, announcing the plan to assure that all Americans will be able to sign up to receive a vaccination against the virus that has infected more than 29 million Americans and killed more than 530,600 in a year.
“Let me be clear, that doesn’t mean everyone is going to have that shot immediately but it means you’re going to be able to get in line beginning May 1.”
Biden said the United States would also double its plan to administer 1 million vaccine shots each day to 2 million each day. The President’s address came after he signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which is set to deliver $1,400 direct payments to Americans as early as this weekend along with additional funding for vaccinations, benefits like unemployment, and an increased child tax credit.
The speech comes after President Biden has been scrutinized for not yet having a State of the Union Address, a press conference, or even taking questions, breaking with traditional norms from previous presidents dating back about 100-years.
Watch President Biden’s address to the nation on the White House’s Official YouTube Channel below, which at the time of publication garnered 483 Likes and 6.6K Dislikes.
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