Getting Covid-19 vaccine ‘gigantically important’, says Joe Biden – News Vibe24

    Getting Covid-19 vaccine 'gigantically important', says Joe Biden - Times of India
    CINCINNATI: President Joe Biden has expressed strong frustration with the slowdown in COVID-19 vaccination rates in the United States and urged it to be “extremely important” for Americans to step up and be vaccinated against the virus as it grows again.
    Biden, speaking Wednesday night at a Cincinnati television town hall, said the public health crisis had largely turned into a disaster for the unvaccinated, as the spread of the delta variant has led to an increase in infections across the country.
    “We have a pandemic for those who have not been vaccinated – it is so basic, so simple,” he told CNN.
    The president also expressed optimism that children under the age of 12 would be approved for vaccination in the coming months. But he was irritated that so many eligible Americans were still reluctant to get a shot.
    “If you are vaccinated, you are not going to be hospitalized, you are not going to be in the IC unit and you are not going to die,” Biden told a forum at Mount St. Joseph.
    “So it’s extremely important … that we all act like Americans who care about our fellow Americans.”
    For more than 80 minutes, Biden questioned many of the pressing issues of the day, including his infrastructure package, voting rights and the composition of the congressional committee that will investigate the Jan. 6 uprising in the Capitol.
    He also reflected on what it’s like to be president, saying he is sometimes surprised by the fame that accompanies work and the weight of being “the last man in the room” left to make scary decisions.
    Six months after his presidency, neutralizing the coronavirus remains the most pressing problem.
    Hospital services and deaths in the US are almost all among the unvaccinated. However, COVID-19 cases almost tripled in the United States in two weeks amid an aggressive vaccine misinformation that burdens hospitals, exhausts doctors and pushes clergy into battle.
    Across the United States, the seven-day moving average for daily new cases rose over the past two weeks to more than 37,000 on Tuesday, from less than 13,700 on July 6, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
    Only 56.2% of Americans received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The Democratic president noted that the rise has become so alarming that even his critics are pushing back against vaccine misinformation.
    Biden made an indirect reference to high-profile conservative figures on the Fox News Channel who have “made an altar call” and now speak more openly to their skeptical guests about the benefits of the vaccine.
    Sean Hannity recently told viewers, “I believe in the science of vaccination” and urged them to take the disease seriously. Steve Doocy, who is part of “Fox & Friends”, told viewers this week that the vaccine “will save your life”.
    Before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington, Biden told reporters he was “glad they had the courage to say what they said.”
    Asked about the rise in prices, Biden acknowledged that “there will be short-term inflation” as the economy recovers from the pandemic, but said “it is very unlikely that long-term inflation will get out of hand”.
    Biden, who traveled to Ohio as he sought to bolster support for his financial agenda, visited a union training center in front of City Hall.
    The trip comes as the fate of his infrastructure proposal remains unclear after the Senate Republicans rejected a $ 1 trillion plan in a key test vote Wednesday.
    A bilateral group of 22 senators said in a joint statement after the vote that it was close to reaching an agreement and called for a delay until Monday.
    Biden expressed confidence in the result, saying, “It’s good and I think we will do it.”
    While lawmakers are protesting the details of this proposal in Capitol Hill, Biden said the $ 4 trillion package is needed to rebuild the middle class and maintain the economic growth the country has seen in the first six months. of his presidency.
    The president’s visit took him close to the dangerous Brent Spence Bridge – a checkpoint for trucks and emergency vehicles between Ohio and Kentucky, which the two previous presidents promised unsuccessfully to replace.
    Biden made a reference to the structure, telling those present at the town hall that it was time to “build the wedding bridge”.
    He was questioned by staff when asked about the scourge of drug addiction, noting that he was “so proud” of his son Hunter Biden, who published a memoir of his struggles with substance abuse.
    The president also noted that he feels a little self-conscious about some of the margins offered in the office. He laughed when he said that he told some of the White House staff not to come to serve breakfast. The real reason: The president likes to eat breakfast in his robe.
    Biden defended the filibuster against repeated questions from CNN moderator Don Lemon about why he believes the need to protect what some critics argue is a legislative tactic once used to protect racist policies.
    He said he was trying to bring the country closer to the need to protect voting rights and did not want “the debate to be just about whether or not we have a kiss.”
    Biden said that if the Democrats removed the cup, “you will throw the whole Congress into chaos and nothing will happen.”
    Back in Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republicans elected by House PPP leader Kevin McCarthy to join a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising. McCarthy said the GOP would not participate in the poll if Democrats did not accept the members he appointed.
    Lemon asked how Biden can be confident that Republicans and Democrats can meet in anything, while they can not even agree to investigate the most foolish attack on the US Capitol in 200 years.
    Biden simply replied, “These people,” a nod to the forum viewers, and his faith in the Americans was great. But Biden also seemed to recognize that the party rift in Washington had become troubling.
    “I do not care if I think I am Satan reincarnation,” Biden said. “The fact is that you can not look at this TV and say that nothing happened at 6 and hear people say it was a peaceful process.”


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