WASHINGTON – All eyes were on President Joe Biden on Thursday evening as he delivered his first prime-time address to the nation since taking office. After hours Signs into law a massive Coronavirus Relief Bill, Celebrate the anniversary of the nation’s lockdown due to the pandemic.
The President urged Americans to unite in fighting the Coronavirus and continue to take precautions against its spread while the administration works to make vaccines available on a wider scale. He set off a tone of hope for the country to return to a semblance of normalcy while also acknowledging the loss all Americans have faced.
Biden said: “It will never be a good bet on the American people.” “America is back.”
Here are the takeaways from Biden’s address:
The opposite tone was struck about COVID by Trump, Republican leaders
In his first prime-time speech – which occurred exactly one year after former President Donald Trump spoke to the country to impose travel restrictions to slow the spread of the virus – Biden raised contradictions with his predecessor and some Republican state leaders, without mentioning any of these. Their names.
Biden said he would not be dishonest in his message to the American public about the pandemic, criticizing the “denial of days, weeks, and then months” before his administration but did not mention Trump.
“This resulted in more deaths …” Biden said. “More stress, more loneliness.”
Biden again listened to the focus of his campaign on being upfront with Americans.
Biden said: “fellow Americans, you owe nothing less than the truth.”
The truth, he said, is that the only way to get the economy back on track is to beat the coronavirus.
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Trump admitted to journalist Bob Woodward that he had sometimes underestimated the severity of the virus in order not to cause panic, and the former president published false information about the virus and its treatments.
According to recent reports, Trump and the former first lady received the vaccinations in January without informing the public.
In his speech, Biden also indicated that he and the current first lady, Jill Biden, have been vaccinated in front of the cameras. Every former president alive, except Trump, has appeared in some public service announcements released on Thursday urging people to get vaccinated. The ads include former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. These former First Ladies include Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter.
Biden also urged Americans to continue to take precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing.
Acknowledgment of lives lost so far
While encouraging the nation to work together and “get vaccinated when it’s your turn,” Biden has also made sure to acknowledge the grief and loss the entire nation has suffered, which has seen around 530,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Biden showed a card he said he carried with him on the back of his daily schedule, which showed the current number of lives lost. There are “more deaths than in the First World War, World War II, Vietnam War, and September 11 combined. They are husbands, wives, sons and daughters, grandparents and friends.”
The president said everyone in the country suffered a loss, from those who died or a loved one fell ill to those who had to suspend their usual activities.
“All of this has cost a lot of us,” Biden said. “Because we are basically a people who want to be together … but this virus has made us separate.”
It announces a plan to make all adults eligible for the vaccine
During his speech, Biden announced that he was ordering all states, territories and tribes to make all adults eligible to receive their vaccinations by May 1, a date he said was much closer than expected.
While most states roll out vaccines in phases and the priority goes to healthcare workers and the elderly, Alaska became the first state to open eligibility to all adults this week.
He pointed out that it does not mean that all Americans will receive a vaccine immediately after the first of May, but that “you will be able to enter the class starting from the first of May.”
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Biden also said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue guidance in the coming weeks about what Americans can do once they are fully vaccinated.
He said the new guidelines “will reduce confusion, keep people safe and encourage more people to get vaccinated.”
July 4th with your loved ones, that’s the goal
Announcing his vaccine eligibility plans and guidelines, Biden said the country’s goal is to return to enough normalcy so that people can celebrate Independence Day this summer with small groups and hold family gatherings again.
“If we all do our part, this country will be vaccinated soon,” he said.
Biden said that, in cooperation with the public, he could serve the fourth of July next “on the occasion of our independence from this virus.”
Biden said: “After this long and tedious year, it will make this Independence Day something really special.”
Condemns the racist attacks on Asian Americans
Biden used his prime-time rhetoric to denounce what he called “vicious hate crimes” against Asian Americans.
Biden said Asian Americans have been “attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated” for the novel coronavirus epidemic, which originated in China.
“Many of them are their American comrades, and they are on the front lines of this pandemic in an attempt to save lives – and they are still forced to live in fear for their lives just to walk the streets of America,” he said. “This is a mistake. It is not American. It should stop.”
“This is a mistake, it is not American”:Biden denounces the attacks against Asian Americans
Asian Americans reported an increase in racism against them amid the Coronavirus, as some politicians, including the former president, continue to refer to the virus as “China virus”, “China flu” or other names deemed offensive.
Contributing: Maureen Group, Michael Collins, Savannah Berman, Rebecca Maureen