Published: Fri, March 12, 2021
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Biden signs historic $2.5 trillion coronavirus relief law

Biden signs historic $2.5 trillion coronavirus relief law

One year after the nation was brought to a near-standstill by the coronavirus, President Joe Biden pledged in his first prime-time address to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1 and raised the possibility of beginning to "mark our independence from this virus" by the Fourth of July.

In his speech, Biden also noted that he and current first lady Jill Biden got vaccinated in front of cameras.

Despite the party-line vote, the rescue plan has wide support with the American people.

Mr Biden's speech will focus on the lives lost to the pandemic, the sacrifices the American people have made and will lay out next steps in tackling the pandemic, according to a White House official.

Presently, most states have only allowed older residents and those with medical conditions to have access to the coronavirus vaccine.

While most states are rolling out the vaccines in phases and priority going to health care workers and seniors, Alaska became the first state to open up eligibility to all adults this week. While the federal government is responsible for getting the vaccine distributed to the states, it has largely relied on them to handle the distribution. In his remarks, he described how vaccination has accelerated since he took office.

Upon his inauguration on January 20, Biden pledged the country would administer 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office - a mark the country is set to pass within days, well in advance of the deadline. "Today, that number is 65 percent". It also provides $130 billion to for schools to assist with safe reopening. The issue has bedeviled Biden as well.

The former president and his wife, Melania Trump, did not appear in a public service announcement released on Thursday encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations and featuring all of the other living former US presidents and their spouses.

The White House will compel state, local, and tribal governments to make Covid-19 vaccines available to all American adults no later than May 1, Biden administration officials said on Thursday. Several times he pleaded for people to wear masks, something his predecessor, Donald Trump, disliked doing intensely.

He will occupy the same television space his predecessor used one year ago to tell Americans the risk of the virus was "very, very low", offering a vastly different message following almost 530,000 USA deaths, an economic meltdown and a dramatic altering of everyday life.

Grief is familiar terrain to Biden, who lost a wife and daughter to a vehicle accident in 1972 and then a son to cancer in 2015.

About 530,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, the most of any country, and 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". As the pandemic winds down, he and Vice President Kamala Harris will tour the nation, making the case that such an enormous outlay was both necessary and effective.

But no such lockdowns loom on the immediate horizon, and even though the president spoke with sorrow on Thursday evening, he also strove to restore Americans' battered faith in the institutions of their democracy. We need to maintain our strong willingness to rightsize, to prune, to invest, and to reimagine how we work across the UH System so we can support and even grow in specific areas to meet the most critical needs across our islands for long-term recovery and sustainability. "No, it's us, all of us".

"There is light at the end of the dark tunnel of the past year", he said following an event at the White House.

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