Biden Pledges to Speed Vaccinations on One-Year Anniversary of Covid Pandemic

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Biden said the U.S. was doubling the number of pharmacies and federal mass vaccination sites offering shots, and that he would deploy about 4,000 additional active-duty troops to assist in the effort.

The government will create a website and open a 1-800 number to help Americans find available shots, and offer technical support to states developing their own such services.

President Biden Delivers Address To Nation On Covid-19 Pandemic

Joe Biden speaks during an address to the nation in the East Room of the White House on March 11.Photographer: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg

Biden said the U.S. must beat the virus to get the economy back on track and that children may have been set back a year or more by the pandemic. He said people will be able to get the vaccines in pharmacies “just like you get your flu shot,” but warned that things may get worse again as new variants spread.

He urged Americans to get a vaccine when they can — a nod to the unknown number who are hesitant or don’t plan do. “I need you to get vaccinated when it’s your turn and when you can find an opportunity,” he said. He offered an incentive, saying it’ll be safe to have small July 4th holiday gatherings if things don’t regress. He pleaded with Americans to not let up and to stick with mitigation measures, like masks.

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