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tv   President Biden Delivers Remarks at COVID-19 Vaccine Site in Houston Texas  CSPAN  February 26, 2021 8:22pm-8:45pm EST

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facebook comments, text messages and tweets. ♪ ♪ back during his trip to texas and a president toured a winter storm response unit in houston and later stopped at a coronavirus fox nation site and rg stadium. pandemic should not be part of the issue. here's governor abbott and other state officials talk about storm recovery efforts. [applause] >> evolving very politely been with me all day and it is dinner time. [laughter] good afternoon, i'm sorry it's evening. i want to thank you, governor, ms. abbott for your hospitality and your
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friendship. and representative senator korn i think he had to go back think he's getting on a plane. he told me when he came back to see the last event. shows surely jackson lee come out green, sylvia garcia, lizzie fanelli, excuse me pennell and one of my doing here? i'm going to lose track here. and mayor turner, thank you all for welcoming us. jill and i wanted to visit texas today for a couple of reasons. first inform us that the people of texas know our prayers are with you in the aftermath of this winter storm. and secondly to let you know what i told governor abbott and mayor turner and the judge in the congressional delegation that we will be true partners to help you recover and rebuild from the
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storms and this pandemic in the economic crisis buried we are in for the long haul. early today we received an update on the storm relief efforts from harris county and harris county emergency operations center. folks they're doing god's work as my mother would say it was important update on how the federal government and states are working together to the major disaster declaration and emergency declaration i made after the storm hit when the governor contacted me. the federal emergency management is providing millions of gallons of water and millions of meals and direct assistance homeowners to repair the damage and displays costing millions of homes across the state. public assistance that comes with disaster declaration ensures mayors and county officials can find shelter for folks in need and keep them safe and warm. this is in addition to the
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more than 125,000 blankets of fema has also made available to storm victims of children and family don't go to sleep cold. fema, working with the defense logistics agency and the army corps of engineers from the defense department department has made generators and diesel fuel available to hospitals and nursing homes and other critical facilities keep the lights on and speed power restoration on its way. many local military bases are helping efforts to bring water, fuel, and blankets all across the state. i especially want to thank the service members for helping fellow americans in their time of need for do we have a problem, we always call on the military domestic or foreign no matter what. they're the best in the world. i know millions of texans have been impacted by the destruction of committee water systems as a result of the power outages. the environmental protection agency has deployed a mobile
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drinking water labs in houston, san antonio, fort worth, to test water so we can get boil water advisories lifted and get safe drinking water flowing through this process again. there is more, but let me say this but we are not here today as democrats or republicans. they're here today as americans. the american leaders are the responsibility, all of us here in this parking lot, responsibility to all the people we serve. not when a crisis it's our states like the ones that hit texas it's not a republican or democrat that is hurting, it is our fellow americans that are hurting. it's our job to help everyone in need, look out for one another, leave nobody behind. that's what we've seen today in our visit. after briefing on the storm relief we stop by the houston food bank, that is also doing god's work, incredible operation. just like everyone else here in the fox nation center. they have done thousands of people, thousands of people.
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making a fundamental difference in the safety and security of people. the more people get vaccinated, the faster we will beat this pandemic. that is why one of my first steps in my first goals as president was to announce that i was going to get 100 million covid vaccine shots administered in my first 100 days. because of the people behind me and others, america is going to be the first in the country, perhaps the first in the world to get that done. and i am proud to say we are halfway there. 50million shots, i was telling the congressman i carry a little card be in a list every day the actual number of vaccines that have been administered. as of today, as of last night, 503,587, every single one matters. in just 37 days. that weeks ahead of schedule. we are weeks ahead of schedule. even with setbacks in the
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winter storm, we are moving in the right direction. look, and the last six weeks we've gone from 6 million shots right before he took office in total to 12 million shots per week now. with increased vaccine distribution by 70%. 60% of the people over the age of 75 have received at least one shot. close to 50% of the people over the age of 65 got at least one shot. and you say why my focus on that? it's especially important because people over the age of 65 account for 80% of all covered deaths. 80%. roughly 75% of people who live in long-term care facilities now have gotten their first dose. and those are at the lowest level since reporting began back in may. we are making this progress because of all of you. the federal governor states are working together, along with public and private
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partners. it starts with supply. we work the vaccine manufacturers, pfizer and moderna make sure we have enough supply to supply all adults in america by the end of july. and we discovered the vaccine manufacturers that were not getting prioritized when it came to securing supplies they needed to fix their problem and not be able to go more rapidly. so use the defense production act to speed up the supply chain for key equipment that's already increased vaccine production rate last week i toured the pfizer vaccine manufacturing facility in kalamazoo, michigan. it is incredible the precision, the safety, the pride, the sense of purpose. everyone involved in that facility. we've all seen the news about johnson & johnson vaccine. today, the third safe effective vaccine and it is out. they approved it today.
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we are going to use every conceivable way to expand manufacturing of the vaccine, the third vaccine to make even more rapid progress of getting shots in people's arms. here's what else we are doing. we are increasing the number of vaccinated her's. the people but a -- it's one thing to have a vaccine it's another to get into people's arms. we brought back retired doctors and nurses by executive order per below that the happen. we've already deployed more than 1005 it are professionals, medical professionals. you see during the natural disasters from fema, or commission core from the department of health and human services. and the defense department including the national guard. we are lining up thousands more. we are also setting up more places to get vaccinated. and today, as up-to-date we provided $3.8 billion to states, territories and tribes to create hundreds of new fox nation centers and ramp up existing ones. for providing personnel and
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equipment. and we are covering the cost for states including the use of their national guard. here in texas, it has meant millions of dollars and hundreds of activators working and committing fox nation centers and three mass fox nation centers in arlington, dallas and right here in houston and the other side here. to vaccinate thousands of texans a day, tens of thousands overall. i want to show the american people the extraordinary effort being made and undertaken in the most difficult operation challenge this nation is ever faced logistically. it is remarkable. about 6000 doses a day here. folks who are eligible can call by phone, sign up online for net and appointment, and right in, stay in their cars, get a shot. in and out in the very short amount of time. requires massive logistical coordination and critical federal support from fema and the national guard to work with cities and states and the
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houston texas stand up this kind of site. vice president harrison i did a virtual tour of a similar fox nation center in arizona. one nurse, one nurse there said, she talked about the shots, how many there getting in people's arms, and she said she felt like she was administering, get this, a dose of hope. a dose of hope. we are work with governors across the country to stand up and lend federal support to hundreds of fox nation centers from stadiums like here to community centers, two houses of worship, large parking lots , doses of hope we can get in people's arms as quickly as possible. i've also sent millions of vaccines to thousands of local pharmacies. over 7000 to make it easier for folks to get the covid-19 vaccine shot like they would a flu shot. because people are comfortable going to their local
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pharmacy. they go there for their flu shot, everything else they trust their pharmacist. and they are likely to go for it here in texas that includes 500 pharmacies across the states. like walmart and cvs including 50 pharmacies here in houston. for the folks it did not live near a fox nation center or a pharmacy were deploying mobile clinics to go to those neighborhoods and rural areas were people unable to get to the centers. these are special vehicles of pop-up clinics that meet folks where they live and where they don't have the transportation to get the shots they will be launching very soon here in houston as well as dallas, arlington across united states eval sister to send vaccines directly to community health centers. help the hard-to-reach folks in cities, small towns, rural communities in black, latino and native american communities that have high rates of covid-19 infections
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and death than any other groups. here in texas, we are already partnering with 12100 locations across the entire state. going to save people's lives. most any country in the world. that's great progress. this also true for the covid-19 vaccinations are up covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are down. but i need to be honest with you. i said from the beginning, should you stray from the shoulder can handle anything as long as you're told the truth. cases in hospitalization could go back up as new variants emerge. it's not the time to relax thing socially distance and
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for god sake where your mask. where your mask is not a political statement. it's a patriotic thing to do. stepping up and doing these things. worst thing we could do is let her guard down. here's another critical point were going to hit a phase in this effort may be late april or early may when many predict the ramped up vaccine supply will have administered shots who are people who are eager to get them and those who have been able to get there. but at the same time the warning in who can't get the shots in their folks are hesitant to take the shot. as a history in this country at subjugated certain communities to terrible abuse. if there is one message that needs to cut through all of
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this, the vaccines are safe, i promise you. they are safe and effective. listen to dr. fauci e. listen to the scientists who develop them through extensive and rigorous review. i did, i took my shot publicly to demonstrate to the american people it is safe and effective. to address this challenge were going to launch a massive campaign to educate people about the vaccines that is safe and effective and they can go and get those shots and be good. i'm going to close with this, this past year has been one of the most painful years in american history. as i have said we have lost over 500,000 lives to the virus. 500,000 moms and dads, husbands and wives, sons and daughters staring at an empty chair at the dining room table or the kitchen table. friends, neighbors, coworkers and all over the country where the loved ones are gone, they
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are gone, empty, empty feeling in your chest are being sucked into a black hole in your chest. all over the country were loved ones once that there is an empty chair. and folks, look, there is so much we can do. as you have seen broken hearts and the families had been left behind, there is nothing partisan about this virus. it's too long we've allowed this to divide a spirit i met today with governor abbott, senator cornyn, conservative republicans but i'm a democratic president theorists we disagree on a number things is nothing wrong with that. but there are plenty of things we can work together. one is represented right here today. the effort to speed up fox nation. you're not giving shots of democrats or republicans i say again were giving shots to americans. all across the country with members of the armed forces, fema, volunteers, retirees, fellow americans working around the shop clock to get
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the shots. they are building on the work of scientists, researchers, doctors and nurses. my team at the white house which is coordinating all this is first rates. none of this has a partisan tinge or partisan element to it. this can be a great american achievement. being the only country in the world to reach 100 million shots in 100 days. this could unite us as a country. to vaccinate america. to protect america. to heal america. i know we can do this, why? because i know it can do great things we do it together. i know my family spent a lot of time here in houston, by the way, hey john i didn't see you there. when our son beau was being treated before passed away purchased yesterday jaisol anderson announce they joined four other cancer hospitals to help break down the silos that make real progress in this
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effort difficult. now they are sharing and data and information. that was not going on for five years ago. we are going to be cancer, i know we will. i've said it before and i'll say it again, there is just one thing, one thing i could be known for as president it would be to end the president during his era ended cancer as we know it. we let a rover on mars. rover carries a team here in houston the use in the mission in our time and our dreams just imagine everyone has been so down the last number of years we are america. we can do anything. america can do anything. now we see the images that are truly stunning battling covid, beating cancer, going to mars. if there's one thing i know about america's this,
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americans never give up. they never give in. they never cry uncle they just struggle, innovate and persevere paired for going to get through all this i promise you. you're going to do it together, together. god bless you all and me got protect our troops preview are the best. we can do all this, guys, i promise you. we can do this. no one in the world can compete with this and we are. thank you all very much. [applause] [applause] [silence] [silence]
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