President Biden forecast hopes and optimism over the Memorial Day weekend for the country’s progress in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. with vaccination efforts Help from local leaders and Americans acting “patriotic.”;
“Four months after I took the position We are in this battle more than anyone thought possible. Remember where we were 129 days ago when I took office? We average 184,000 cases per day across the country. Here in Virginia As the governor pointed out school is closed Main streets are quieter here and in cities across America,” Biden said during a speech at the Sportrock Climbing Center in Alexandria, Va., on Friday.
“And today you have gone from 184 cases per day nationwide to less than 22 cases — 22,000 cases per day, deaths are reduced by more than 85%. Tens of thousands of parents, grandparents, siblings, neighbors and friends are still living with us to this day which could get lost,” he added.
The president thanked 165 million Americans who received at least one dose of vaccination and 51% of Americans who have been fully vaccinated. “We’re not just saving lives. But we are resurrecting.”
“Shops and restaurants on the main road hung open signs on the front door and here in the climbing gym. We were greeted by another person. And we’re greeting each other with a smile. by taking off our masks,” he said.
However, Biden emphasized that although the light at the end of the tunnel was illuminated, But the Americans can’t give up now. And he asked those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so.
“As more and more Americans get vaccinated, Brighter and brighter days but let me be clear we are not finished We must contact people who have not been vaccinated. and make them protected as easily as possible,” the president said. ready to call on Americans “Run to the finish line”
Biden also said the nationwide boost in vaccines shows Americans are willing to come together for a common goal of defeating the virus.
“When I applied for the position I said I wanted to do three things. One of which is the unification of the country. It is difficult, but this is really the first evidence. that we can do I believe Americans are more prepared to come together than Congress and elected officials. But we are going to get there,” he said.
The president has also touted the country’s economic progress since he took office. Just hours before his first budget proposal was submitted to Congress.
“From the pain and stagnation of the long, dark winter to the moving economy which has grown faster than in nearly 40 years since the creation of anemic jobs in the months before taking office. to the fastest job creation in the first three months of any administration in American history and increased wages increased wages,” Biden said.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam also spoke on Friday, addressing the progress his state has made specifically to get to the point where restrictions can be reversed.
“Today we take a big step forward in the fight against COVID-19 at 12:01 AM this morning. For the first time since March 2020, there are no capacity or distance restrictions in restaurants, businesses, offices or other locations. in Virginia That’s something we’re all proud of,” Northam said.
He also touted the state’s vaccination efforts, saying 66% of adults in Virginia received at least their first vaccination. and more than half of adults are fully vaccinated. And it added that the state would meet Biden’s goal of having 70% of adults get at least one vaccination on July 4.
Northam praises Biden’s administration for adhering to science, swiping at the Trump administration.
“As the governor I can tell you that having a partner in the White House make a huge difference Set clear goals as he does. and support us with the resources we need to achieve those goals. and as a doctor I know it makes a huge difference too when leaders respect science and follow its guidelines,” he said.