Biden Says It’s Time for Schools to Reopen Safely

Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Biden Says It’s Time for Schools to Reopen Safely” – below is their description.

President Joe Biden said it’s unlikely the U.S. will reach herd immunity for the coronavirus before the end of the summer due to a shortfall in vaccine availability.

“The idea that this can be done and we can get to herd immunity much before the end of this summer is very difficult,” Biden said in an interview with CBS News that aired on Sunday during Super Bowl pre-game coverage.

Biden also said the Centers for Disease Control would issue guidance soon on how to reopen classrooms safely, a key early goal of his administration that’s part of getting the economy back on track.

Herd immunity means enough people become resistant to the disease that its spread becomes unlikely. That provides protection to the entire community, including people who aren’t individually immune, according to Harvard University. It is typically achieved through vaccination.

In the U.S., logistical delays and vaccine shortages have meant only a small fraction of the population has received shots since two different vaccines became available in December.

“Look, it was one thing if we had enough vaccine, which we don’t. So we’re pushing as hard as we can to get more vaccine manufactured,” he said.

So far, 40.5 million doses have been administered in the U.S., according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker.

Biden also said his administration may take the National Football League up on an offer to make its stadiums available as mass vaccination sites. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the offer in a letter last week.

“I tell my team they’re available and I believe we’ll use them,” Biden said in the interview, which was taped at the White House on Friday.

Biden blamed the Trump administration for leaving the U.S. in a “more dire” situation than expected with vaccine supplies.

“We thought they had indicated there was a lot more vaccine available,” he said. “And that didn’t turn out to be the case. So that’s why we’ve ramped up every way we can.”

Earlier, Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease specialist, said on NBC that the U.S. “could have contracted a little bit more aggressively with the companies to get more doses” at the outset.

Fauci predicted better availability for the shots starting this month.

Biden said he expects guidance within days about returning to classrooms, adding that “it’s time for schools to reopen safely.”

“Our CDC commissioner is going to be coming out with science-based judgment, I think as early as Wednesday, as to lay out what the minimum requirements are,” he said.

Teachers’ unions have raised objections to reopening schools for in-person learning in some localities, citing high community transmission and a lack of sufficient precautions taken to prevent spread in classrooms.

“You have to have fewer people in the classroom. You have to have ventilation systems that have been reworked,” Biden said.

Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel

Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

About This Source - Bloomberg QuickTake: Now

Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held financial, software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

It was founded by Michael Bloomberg in 1981, with the help of Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMillan, Charles Zegar, and a 12% ownership investment by Merrill Lynch.

Recent from Bloomberg QuickTake: Now:

  • Hong Kong Appealed For Quarantine-Free Travel With China: Carrie Lam
  • UN Secretary-General Urges World Leaders to ‘Do More’ on Climate Change
  • Body Found in Wyoming Believed to Be Gabrielle Petito
  • In This Story: COVID-19

    Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

    Symptoms of coronavirus

    The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
    • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
    • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

    Latest News about Covid-19

    Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

    5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • Gas crisis: Energy price cap will stay, say Kwasi Kwarteng and Ofgem @BBC News live 🔴 BBC
  • Foodbank sees huge increase in demand during Sydney COVID lockdown | 7NEWS
  • Melbourne freeway blocked as hundreds protest construction industry restrictions | ABC News
  • Saving the World
  • Mistrust hampering COVID vaccine efforts in Indonesia’s Papua provinces | ABC News
  • In This Story: Donald Trump

    Donald John Trump was the 45th President of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and raised in Queens, a borough of New York City, and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School.

    5 Recent Items: Donald Trump

  • Trump Wants Mitch McConnell Out, Beto O’Rourke Wants to Be Texas Governor | The Tonight Show
  • Trump Organization CFO’s lawyer expects more indictments to come
  • Jim Jordan: Americans ‘fed up’ with border chaos being ignored
  • UK Covid-19: Boris Johnson says UK-US travel will open ‘in time for Thanksgiving’
  • Boris Johnson welcomes decision to open UK-US travel ‘in time for Thanksgiving’
  • In This Story: Dr Anthony Fauci

    Anthony Fauci is an American physician and immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984. Since January 2020, he has been one of the lead members of the Trump administration’s White House Coronavirus Task Force addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

    3 Recent Items: Dr Anthony Fauci

  • Dr Fauci urges Americans to get Covid vaccine as US daily death toll rises – BBC News
  • Meet The Press Broadcast (Full) – September 19th, 2021
  • FDA panel will continue to reexamine and modify booster recommendations: Fauci | ABC News
  • In This Story: Joe Biden

    Joe Biden is an American politician serving as the 46th and current president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017 under Barack Obama and represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009.

    He is married to Dr Jill Biden.

    Books by Joe Biden #Ad

    6 Recent Items: Joe Biden

  • Biden Arrives in New York for United Nations General Assembly
  • Torpedoed alliance? US downplays rift as France recalls ambassador
  • Aukus military alliance: Allies try to smooth tensions with France • FRANCE 24 English
  • US to end travel bans for vaccinated passengers ‘early November’ • FRANCE 24 English
  • Senate parliamentarian deals blow to Biden’s plan
  • Jill and Joe Biden enjoy weekend bike ride in the sun
  • In This Story: Super Bowl

    The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) – also known as American Football – in the United States. Since 2004, the game has been played on the first Sunday in February. It is the culmination of a regular season that begins in the late summer of the previous year.

    The game was created as part of a 1966 merger agreement between the NFL and its rival the American Football League (AFL). The first game was played on January 15, 1967, after both leagues had completed their respective 1966 seasons. After the merger, each league was re-designated as a “conference”, and the game has since been played between the conference champions to determine the NFL’s league champion.

    The New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl championship titles with six each. The Patriots have the most Super Bowl appearances with 11. The National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC) are tied with 27 Super Bowl wins each.

    The Super Bowl is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day. In addition, the Super Bowl has frequently been the most-watched American television broadcast of the year; the seven most-watched broadcasts in American television history are Super Bowls.

    In 2015, Super Bowl XLIX became the most-watched American television program in history with an audience of 114.4 million viewers, the fifth time in six years that the game had set a record. The Super Bowl is also among the most-watched sporting events in the world, and is second only to the UEFA Champions League (soccer) final as the most watched annual sporting event worldwide.

    Commercial airtime during the Super Bowl broadcast is the most expensive of the year because of the high viewership, leading to companies regularly developing their most expensive advertisements for this broadcast. Watching and discussing the broadcast’s commercials has become a significant aspect of the event. In addition, popular singers and musicians have performed during the event’s pre-game and halftime ceremonies.

    5 Recent Items: Super Bowl

  • Stephen A. is OK with Matt Ryan being followed by the Falcons’ Super Bowl collapse | First Take
  • Tom Brady WILL NOT play until he’s 50 years old! – Stephen A. Smith | First Take
  • 10 NFL Records That WILL Be BROKEN In 2021
  • Amanda Gorman rises to stardom after reciting poem at presidential inauguration
  • Which team is most poised to win the AFC? | First Take
  • Leave a Comment

    We don't require your email address now, just your name. BUT, if you do add it, you may be notified if there are replies to your comment. Please make respectful comments, which add value, and avoid personal attacks on others. Comments failing to adhere to these guidelines will not be published.