President Joe Biden stated on Thursday that he would be directing U.S. states to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by the first of May and then went on to urge Americans in a televised address to continue to stay vigilant against the illness.
Just a few hours before the address, Biden signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill into law.
In a forceful but somber speech from the White House on the first anniversary of the pandemic lockdown — the first such prime-time address of his presidency — Biden said he was working to speed COVID-19 vaccinations to create a greater sense of normalcy in the country by the July 4 Independence Day holiday.
That date is a new goal for the president, who has warned Americans that further pain and death were still to come from the virus that has killed more than 530,000 people in the United States, the most of any country. Coronavirus-related lockdowns and restrictions have cost millions of jobs.
In a recounting of the grim toll the pandemic has taken on the nation, Biden said: “Photos and videos from 2019 feel like they were taken in another era. The last vacation. The last birthday with friends. The last holiday with extended family.
“While it was different for everyone, we all lost something,” he said, noting that the virus was met with “denials for days, then weeks, then months, that led to more deaths, more infections, more stress, more loneliness.”
As of right now, only 10 percent of the United States population has been vaccinated.
At the end of the day, one has to wonder how many people will end up getting vaccinated, especially without really knowing what kind of long term effects might be present from taking the vaccine right now.
This whole process was really rushed, and since it was pushed along by the government, it’s understandable that many would be skeptical of taking it.
Guess we’ll find out the answer to that question after May 1.