tv President Biden Delivers Remarks on COVID-19 Response CSPAN June 18, 2021 8:01pm-8:20pm EDT
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today, we will have reached the mark of 300 million shots in arms. let me say that again, 300 million shots in arms and under 150 days. it's an important milestone, and it did not happen by chance. it took the ingenuity of american scientists, the full capacity of american companies, and a whole state response. together, we built an unparalleled vaccination program and managed one of the most complicated logistical challenges in american history. we got here because of the american people stepping up and getting vaccinated. helping family, friends, neighbors get vaccinated. the situation is very different than it was 150 days ago. we didn't have enough vaccine supply to all americans. we didn't have a distribution structure.
but we turned it around together quickly and equitably. we secured enough vaccine supply for every american. as i announced last week during my visit to europe, we are now in a position to provide more than half a billion vaccine doses to the rest of the world. we deployed over 9000 federal personnel, including 5100 active duty military to support the vaccine effort and get shots in arms. and now we have over 42,000 local pharmacies distributing vaccines. thanks to this wartime response, we have gotten 300 million shots in the arms of americans in 150 days, months ahead of what we thought was possible when we started. in fact, if you remember, a lot
of people were skeptical that we would reach 100 million shots in my first 100 days. but we did it and we kept going. this is truly an accomplishment. 65% of american adults have gotten at least one shot, including 87% of our seniors. just five months ago, we were at only 5% of americans. 15 states and the district of columbia have now reached a 70% vaccination rate. 26 states have fully vaccinated 50% or more of adults. nationwide, we have the lowest number of daily deaths since the first days of the pandemic, and we have built equity into the heart of the vaccination program from day one. 73% of shots administered at
community health centers through the federal program, more than 58% of the shots administered by federally run vaccination sites have gone to people of color. across the nation, people of color have accounted for more than half of all the vaccinations in the last month. that's important progress. we have much more to do. vice president harris, as i speak, is in atlanta getting word out about vaccinations. yesterday i signed a bill making juneteenth a federal holiday, and this weekend, folks in communities across the country are going to be canvassing and hosting events to encourage families, friends, and neighbors to get vaccinated. the more we close the racial gap with vaccination rates, the more lives we will save.
we are saving tens of thousands of lives. without count -- with that account growing each day, millions of americans are getting back to their lives. kids are getting back to school or getting ready for the summer. people are going out to restaurants and traveling. businesses are reopening. we are heading into a very different summer compared to last year. a bright summer. a summer of joy. as i promised from the beginning, i will always give it to you straight. the truth is that deaths and hospitalizations are drastically down in places where people are getting vaccinations, but unfortunately, cases are not going down in the lower vaccination rate states. they are going up in some places. a few days ago, we crossed
600,000 americans dead from covid. more deaths than world war i, world war ii, vietnam, and 9/11 combined. so even while we are making incredible progress, it remains a serious and deadly threat. if you are not vaccinated, you are at risk of getting seriously ill, dying, or spreading it. people are getting seriously ill and being hospitalized due to covid-19, those who have not been fully vaccinated. the new variant will leave unvaccinated people even more vulnerable. this is a serious concern, especially because of what experts are calling the delta variant. it is a very -- variant that is
more easily transmissible, tends to be deadlier, and is particularly dangerous for young people. the good news is, we have the solution. the science and the data are clear. the best way to protect yourself against these variants, is to get fully vaccinated. so please, please if you got one , shot, get the second shot as soon as you can so you are fully vaccinated. if you have not gotten vaccinated, get vaccinated now. do not put it off. it is free, it is easy, it is convenient, and as i said many times, text your zip code to the numbers 438829 to find the sites where you can get vaccinated closest to you. get your free uber or lift ride
to and from vaccination sites. i want to thank uber and lyft for their cooperation. use the extended hours at pharmacies including thousands that are open 24/7 on friday this month. most pharmacies have walk-ins. no appointments needed. employers with less than 500 employees, the federal government is providing you a tax credit to give your workers paid time off to get vaccinated and recover, if they need to be. for anyone who still has questions that is ok. , you still have questions. but act now, act now. talk to your family and friends who have gotten vaccinated. talk to your doctor or pharmacist. according to the american medical association, 90% of physicians are fully vaccinated. they are making the choice to protect themselves and their communities and their patients. follow their lead and make the
choice for yourself. as i said, we are heading into, god willing, a summer of joy, a summer of freedom. on july 4, we are going to celebrate our independence from the virus as we celebrate our independence of our nation. we want everyone to be able to do that. let's remember, we are the united states of america. let's get this done, all of us together. god bless you all and may god protect our troops. thank you. >> [inaudible] pres. biden: i don't think so because so many people have been vaccinated but with the delta variant, we cannot cause more people to die in areas where people have not been vaccinated. where people have gotten two shots, the delta variant is unlikely to result in anything -- i mean, the existing vaccines
are very effective. so it is not a lockdown. but some areas will be very hurt. >> [inaudible] are you concerned about this risk within the catholic church? -- rift within the catholic church, the catholic bishops moving on the resolution that would prevent you and others who supported abortion from receiving communion. are you concerned about the rift in the catholic church and how do you feel personally about that? pres. biden: that is a private matter and i don't think that is going to happen. thank you. >> [inaudible]
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million? what amount of force from government would have meant anything at that point? >> sunday night at q&a, the director for the center of economic freedom on his book, "when politicians panic," on the impact the lockdown had -- the pandemic had on the economy. you can also listen to q&a the podcast. find it wherever you get your podcasts. >> former vice president mike pence spoke at the faith and freedom conference in florida. at the beginning of his remarks, protesters interrupted the former vice president. here is a look. >> this crowd knows me well enough to know the introduction tonight -- introduction i prefer is a little shorter.
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>> leading contenders for the democratic nomination for the new york city mayoral race took part in a debate hosted by wnbc in new york. it's the final debate ahead of the june 22 primary. voting began june 12. they were asked about the covid-19 economic recovery and other policy issues. >> crushed by covid, new york city is rising into the unknown. crime and safety, police reform, unemployment, broken schools, businesses struggling, the most important mayoral election in our lifetime. live from rockefeller center,