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tv   President Biden Delivers Remarks on COVID-19 Response Vaccinations  CSPAN  March 29, 2021 2:30pm-2:46pm EDT

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if the majority of the listeners would go back to the clip that you have with dr. cory, the u.s. senate hearings, just recently, he shows 100% cure for covid. it is simple. it is a drug that has been around for over 40 years and no adverse effects. i am not concerned. as far as this mask is concerned, if you watch the hearing with rand paul >> we are going to leave this program. you can watch the rest of it on c-span takes you live now to president biden's remark on the covid-19 vaccination efforts.
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pres. biden: one of the original goals i had set, and to make that progress, over the last three days, we had a record number of shots in arms with over 10 million shots recorded over the weekend. over 10 million shots in three days. that would have been inconceivable in january. the progress we have made on vaccinating this country is a great american story. the federal government has stepped up, taking responsibility, and launched a massive federal vaccination program. governors and mayors of both political parties have stepped up as well. our military, national guard, fema, they have all been incredible. health care providers, community leaders, from all walks of life -- so many volunteers of all ages and backgrounds have stepped up. my fellow americans, look at what we have done in the past 10 weeks. no other country has come close
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-- 100 million shots in less than 60 days and we are moving to the next 100 million shots in just 40 days. you heard me say many times before, our progress in vaccination is a stunning example that there is nothing this country cannot do if we put our minds to it and do it together. i have also said i will always give it to you straight, straight to the shoulder. our work is far from over. the war against covid-19 is far from one. this is deadly serious. the head of the center for disease control and prevention, the cdc expressed earlier today this is not a time to lessen our efforts. that is what she said. we could still see a setback in the vaccination program. most importantly, if we let our guard down now, we could see the virus getting worse, not better.
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as many people as we vaccinated, we still have more americans left to go. we will administer more shots in march than any country on earth, but even so, we have to give more shots in april than we did in march. because we are in a life-and-death race with the virus that is spreading quickly, with cases rising again, new variants spreading, and frankly, some of the reckless behavior we've seen on television in the past few weeks means more new cases are to come in the weeks ahead. with vaccines, there is hope, which is a very good thing, to state the obvious. but people are letting up on precautions, which is a very bad thing. look, to this point, cases have fallen two thirds since i took office. deaths have also fallen two thirds, but now cases are going
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up. in some states, deaths are as well. we are giving up hard-fought, hard-won gains. and as much as we are doing, america, it's time to do even more. all of us have to do our part, every one of us. so let me start here, first -- this week, thanks to my administrations intensive work with vaccine manufacturers and distribution efforts, the amount of vaccines that are going to be available for vaccination sites will be a new record -- 33 million doses of vaccine this week. by getting more vaccine supplies to states, committed health centers, and pharmacies, we can vaccinate more american people than we already are. then we make it possible to open up supplies for all adults and try to beat the renewed spread of this virus.
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as a result, i'm pleased to announce we are on track this week just 10 weeks after i became president, to achieve nearly 75% of americans over the age of 65 get at least one vaccination shot. when i took office, that number was 8%. we are going to 75 percent. that is a lot of grandparents who are now safely able to hug their grandchildren that could not do so just a short time ago. with the supply we are releasing this week, there are more doses of vaccine available for seniors this week than any week thus far. so seniors, if you have not gotten your shot yet, get it this week. get it. second, i am renewing my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate. please.
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this is not politics. reinstate the mandate if you let it down. -- especially what got us in this mess in the first place, risk more cases and more death. as i do my part to celebrate the distribution of vaccinations, i need the american people to do their part as well. mask up. it's a patriotic duty. it's the only way we ever get back to normal. to cheer together in stadiums full of fans, to gather together on holidays again safely, go to graduations, weddings. third, i announced on march 11 i directed every state, territory and tribe to open up their vaccinations to all adults no
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later than may 1. i issued that order because moving beyond priority groups to enable all adults to get vaccinated is critical to having a july 4 that is closer to normal. we want this to come as quickly as possible and i want to thank the governors, democrats and republicans, who have responded to this directive. in fact, the vast majority of the governors have said open access data even earlier than the deadline on may 1. that in this race against a rapidly spreading virus, as fast as we are going, we need to go faster. to make it easier for americans to get vaccinated as supply rose and eligibility expands, i am directing my covid teams to ensure there is a vaccine site within five miles of 90% of all americans three weeks from today. we are going to do this by going from having 17,000 pharmacies
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giving out vaccination shots to nearly 40,000 pharmacies doing it within the next three weeks. that will more than double the number of pharmacies where you can go get vaccinated. we are not stopping there. in the next three weeks, we will add 12 more federally run mass vaccination sites. every day, at the sites, tens of thousands of people will be able to drive up, get a vaccine shot while they are in their car and leave in less than an hour. over 60% of the shots given at these sites goes to minority communities because they are in minority communities. they are the ones most affected by the vaccine and the pandemic. we are also going to send more aid to state to open community vaccination sites. more vaccines, more sites, more
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vaccinators, all designed to speed our critical work. we also need to make it easier for those who want shots but cannot access vaccination sites to get vaccinated. this is where we are focused on seniors most immediately. while we have made incredible progress in starting to vaccinate nearly three quarters of our seniors and outputting vaccination sites within five miles of 90% of all americans, that is still not enough as far as i'm concerned. we know there are a number of seniors and people with disabilities who may be isolated and have lack of access to transportation and there are community groups that can help and are trying to help now. so our fourth announcement today is that i'm sending out millions of dollars to the department of health and human services to provide assistance, including transportation, so more vulnerable seniors and people
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with disabilities can get their shots, so they can get help to physically get there to get the shot. neighbors helping neighbors. what a truly american effort. we cannot let transportation be a barrier to any senior vaccination. so where does this put us? we are making progress on vaccinations, but cases are rising and the virus is spreading into any places still. that is why today, i'm taking the steps to make our american turnaround story, our vaccination program, move even faster. thanks to all the work we have done these past 10 weeks, the steps i'm announcing today, with them, i am pleased to announce that at least 90% of all adults in this country will be eligible to be vaccinated by april 19, just three weeks from now as we
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have the vaccines for the vast, vast majority of adults. you will not have to wait until may 1. you will be eligible on april 19. finally, 10% will be eligible no -- the final 10% will be eligible no later than may 1. and as i just said, due to the steps we are taken today, 90% of americans will be within five miles of a location where they can get a shot as of april 19. we are moving toward 90, 90 i april 19. three weeks from today, 90% of adults will be able to get vaccinated, 90% of all americans will be living within five miles of a place they can get a shot. and it will take time for
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everyone to get their appointment. it is a big country. as fast as we are going, we still have a long way to go to finish this vaccination effort. we are barely even halfway yet. but being at 90 93 weeks of -- being at 90, 93 weeks from today . the progress we are making is a significant testament to what we can do when we work together as americans. we still need everyone to do their part. we still are in a war with this deadly virus and we are bolstering our defenses, but this war is far from won. we have so much to be proud of in the past 10 weeks. we also have so much to be sorrowful for. nearly 1000 americans a day are still dying from covid-19.
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as we approach 550,000 deaths in a single year. until this country is vaccinated , each of us has to do our part. we have an obligation, a patriotic obligation. washing your hands. stay socially distanced. wear a mask as recommended by the cdc. get vaccinated. get your friends and family vaccinated when you can help. now is not the time to let down. now is not the time to celebrate. it is time to do what we do best as a country -- our duty, our jobs, take care of one another, and fight this to the finish. we can and we will do this, but don't let up now. don't let up now. thank you, may god protect our
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troops. thank you very much. -- with covid cases on the rise -- pres. biden: i just explained fully. >> the white house has announced plans to expand wind farms along the east coast, saying it hoped to trigger a clean energy effort in the fight against climate change. according to the washington post, the plan would generate 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by the end of the decade, enough to power more than 10 million american homes and cut 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. to accomplish that, the biden administration said it would speed permitting projects off
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the east coast, invest in research and development, by low interest loans to industry, and fund changes to u.s. ports. >> today, on this national vietnam war veterans day, we are going into the c-span archives to bring you conversations with three women reporters who covered that war. at 9 p.m. eastern, a 1985 interview with a french photojournalist discussing her photos from the war. after that, we will hear from kate webb, who reported on the vietnam war for australian newspapers. later, a 1999 interview with frances fitzgerald who reported from vietnam and co-edited a book about journalism during the vietnam war. that's tonight, starting at nine eastern on c-span.


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