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tv   President Visits Veterans Hospital in Washington DC  CSPAN  March 8, 2021 4:59pm-5:15pm EST

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the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. all those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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president biden: welcome to see you all. >> welcome to the washington, d.c. v.a. medical center. we're so excited to have you not just visit this medical center but visit veterans in your term
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and see our vaccination effort. i do want to introduce some members of the team. dr. dipika is the clinical partner that is here on our staff and she's been working about six days a week, sometimes seven days a week since the middle of december. drawing up vaccine and leading our team that does that. here we have lieutenant colonel tatiana, retired army corps officer who's receiving her second dose of pfizer today. her vaccinator is dr. nicki, our deputy chief of staff. nicki has headed our testing capability here, running a respiratory evaluating center that tests both veterans and our staff and veterans are coming here for preprocedure testing before they have their surgery. done a wonderful job. here receiving his first dose of
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the new j&j vaccine. united states army. president biden: how are you doing? >> well. >> denise is our associate director for patient care services, our nursing executive. more importantly in this environment, denise has been the representative to operation warp speed since november working to make sure that v.a.'s across the country get the allocation that they need to take care of their veteran population. president biden: we're really warping the speed now. >> thank you, sir. >> lastly, colonel retired margaret koch is receiving her second dose of the pfizer vaccine. her vaccinator is dr. leslie roan who has been our vaccination coordinator. responsible for nearly 28,000 doses of vaccine going into the arms of our staff, our veterans and 5,000 of our partners at the department of homeland security.
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president biden: thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you. >> what we'd like to do now is explain how we mix up and draw the pfizer vaccine and how long before the guidance came out to get six doses out of the bottle, her and her team were getting six doses out of about 98% of the vials. president biden: god bless you. >> thank you. it's a concentrated liquid. we dilute it. and then we [indiscernible] if anything is missing we have to report to c.d.c. so we maintain this log. president biden: excuse me, one second. where is -- come up here a
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second. i want you to meet jeff. jeff is the guy who had the dubious -- put together the entire team. and jeff is -- he also handled, along with some others, ebola in the last administration, but i want to see jeff. jeff is a guy doing a lot of the work. jeff: under your leadership and this unbelievable team, thank you. president biden: all right. >> get as many doses as i can. between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. president biden: 4:00 a.m. is kind of late. god love you.
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[laughter] president biden: now, do you prepare all of these? >> i have other people helping me. sometimes two people. sometimes we end up with five people.
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[indiscernible] >> so we have a team, it's between two and most days it's three to four that are drawing up. for example, today we have 537 vaccines scheduled across the day. that's a good day's work for three pharmacists. and how did you handle the weekend? >> when we do 1,000 to 1,200, we have three to five pharmacists that are working from about 6:00 in the morning until about 3:30 in the afternoon drawing those vaccines. today we did 1,200. we pulled in two extra pharmacists because we had more people vaccinating. we normally have about 25 vaccinators when we're doing a weekend clinic. today we had 38 vaccinators. we are going through vaccine a lot faster than the pharmacists are used to.
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>> so the first few hours can be really quick because there are vaccinators -- more vaccinators. president biden: we're doing pretty good across the country. >> yes, yes. president biden: we're going to reach 100 million doses pretty soon. we have to focus more on getting them in the neighborhoods. >> [indiscernible] president biden: yeah. we -- when we spoke to johnson & johnson, there was a little difficulty. this guy got a hold of merck and put them together and did something that's unusual these days. put together two competitors to
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help save lives. and they're doing it the same with regard to a couple of others that needed some help in terms of lacking equipment. for their manufacturing. so we were able to get that done. i learn from the recovery act that you have to be hands on. i think you put together a hell of a team. but we still have to -- you know, it's one thing to have efficiency. we have to have equity as well. making sure everyone is covered. you cover it damn well here. it's impressive. ok. >> [indiscernible]
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president biden: i had mine. [laughter] >> as soon as she draws them up and labels them, we'll give them to the vaccinator. [indiscernible] >> i do. president biden: first one here? >> first one here. president biden: ok. i tell you what -- >> i'm an only child. president biden: my son was in the army after being promoted after a year in iraq. you are a field officer right now, pal. no, dad. [indiscernible] master sergeant. they are in the army. you colonels, you get that --
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[laughter] anyway. >> and it's important she labels them. four of those doses will go down to the vaccination clinic into the arms of one of those -- we have 388 second doses scheduled today of the pfizer vaccine. president biden: oh, good. >> thank you. president biden: is this your first or second? >> second. president biden: second. >> [indiscernible] president biden: all right. >> so, on your order, they can
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vaccinate. president biden: go ahead. [indiscernible] go ahead. fire away. >> so then we verify, we make sure every person gets the vaccine, what it's labeled and we verify the information. we put the information on the card for them. we circle it here and then we'll take it back to the computers and put it into the computer, electronic record system. >> so once we enter it into the electronic medical record, the data automatically gets transferred to the centers for control so they're able to count it. >> [indiscernible] in case we have to give you a booster shot, you'll have the same card.
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president biden: i recognize you. >> 2013 until 2016. president biden: god love you. >> thank you. >> it's great to meet you, sir. president biden: nice to meet you. thank you. >> thank you. president biden: soon as i get it. >> hey, guys, let's go. thank you, guys. let's go. let's go, guys. thank you. thank you, guys. move out. let's go. let's go, guys. let's go. go. thank you. >> [indiscernible]
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>> out the door. let's go. let's go, guys. >> thank you. >> thank you. let's go, guys. out the door. >> how are you? >> long time no see. [indiscernible] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> the house now in recess. lawmakers just finished debating the rules for three bills. they'll be back at 6:30 eastern time to vote on approving the rules for debate. the house will take up the senate-passed covid bill. the house is the last step until the nearly $2 trillion goes to the president for his signature. watch live coverage of the house right here on c-span. >> the c.d.c. announced new mask guidelines for people bhof' been vaks -- who've been

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