tv President Biden Delivers Remarks on COVID-19 Response CSPAN July 6, 2021 7:49pm-8:01pm EDT
>> president biden comments on the covid-19 pandemic. he says for the remainder of the summer months, his administration's vaccination efforts will continue with community engagement. this includes placing more mobile vaccine units into hard-to-reach areas. this is just over 10 minutes. this is just over 10 minutes. pres. biden: good afternoon,
everyone. pres. biden: good afternoon, everyone. i hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable fourth of july weekend. as i said in my independence day address to the nation, we are closer than ever to declaring our independence from this deadly virus. today, after receiving a briefing for my entire covid-19 team, i am proud to announce we are getting even closer. t to administer 300 million shots in 150 days, more than 182 million americans have received at least one shot, including nearly 90% of seniors and 70% of adults over the age of 27. by the end of this week, we will have reached the mark of 106 2 million fully backs -- 160 million fully vaccinated americans, and that is a goal we are going to hit a few days after july 4. we will have hundred 60 million
fully vaccinated -- 160 million fully vaccinated americans. we see why it matters. covid-19 cases and deaths are down 90% since january. millions of fully vaccinated americans are getting back to their lives as they did before. businesses are reopening and hiring and rehiring. projected economic growth is the highest it has been in four decades. the bottom line is, the virus is on the run and america is coming back. we are coming back together. this is one of the greatest achievements in american history and you, the american people, made it happen. our fight against this virus is not over. right now, as i speak to you, millions of americans are still on vaccinated and unprotected. because of that, their communities are at risk, their friends are at risk, the people they care about are at risk.
this is a bigger concern because of the delta variate. in today's dutch variant. in today's breathing -- delta variant. in today's re-think, we will discuss how the delta man -- area is as for nearly half the cases in the country. because of reconsideration, look, let me put it another way. it seems to me, this should cause everybody to think twice. and it should cause reconsideration especially in young people may have thought they did not have to worry about it, did not have to do anything about it until now. the good news is, that our vaccinations are highly effective, fully vaccinated americans have a high degree of protection, including against this delta variant. study after study has shown that since early may, virtually every covid-19 hospitalization and death in the united states has
been among the unvaccinated. if you are vaccinated, you are protected. but if you are unvaccinated, you are not. and you are putting yourself, and more importantly from your perspective, your family and your friends at risk. so please get vaccinated now. it works. it is free. it could never be easier and it has never been more important. do it now, for yourself and the people you care about. for your neighborhood, your country. it sounds corny but it is a patriotic thing to do. in today's breathing, we discussed how our ministers and is devoting the remainder of the summer to a special focus on five ways to make gains in getting people who are unvaccinated vaccinated. because here's the thing. we are continuing to wind down the mass vaccination sites but did so much in the spring to rapidly vaccinate those eager to
get their first shot and if they needed the second. now we need to go to community by community, neighborhood by never had, and sometimes door-to-door, we are knocking on doors to get help for the remaining people protected. equity, equality remains at the heart of our response ability of ensuring that communities who are hardest hit by the virus have the information and the access to get vaccinated. as we shift to the mass vaccination sites where we were doing thousands of people a day, we are putting more emphasis on getting vaccinated in your community, close to home, conveniently and in a location you are familiar with. first, this includes 42,000 local pharmacies where folks with questions can talk to the pharmacist they know and already have dealt with. these locations overwhelmingly
allow you to walk in without an important -- employment -- appointment, walk-in, when you're picking up your prescription or your toothpaste or some thing else you need from a drugstore. second, my team is going to place renewed emphasis on getting the vaccines to more and more family doctors and health care providers so more americans can get their shot at the doctor's office, from the folks they know and trust the most. third thing we are going to do, we are going to step up efforts to get vaccines to your family doctors and other doctors who serve younger people, so that adolescents ages 12 to 18 can get vaccinated and as they go for back-to-school checkups, or get ready for physicals they need for fall sports. fourth, we are also intensifying our efforts to meet people where they are, outside in their neighborhoods. pharmacies and doctors offices. his includes work with employers
to make vaccinations available at work, on the worksite if possible. and give everyone paid time off to get vaccinated at a nearby facility. fifth and finally, we are setting out more mobile clinics, mobile clinic units out there to help people get vaccinated at special events, summer festivals, sporting events and places of worship where everyone can find people gathered. in addition to this mission to vaccinate the unvaccinated, we are stepping up our preparation to respond to the outbreaks we are going to see among the unvaccinated. for that, we are mobilizing what i'm calling covid-19 surge response teams. these are teams of experts from fema, the cdc, and elsewhere across our government and other groups. they are going to help states,
with particular problems, prevent, detect, and respond to the spread of the delta variate among vaccinated people and communities with low vaccination rates. and some states have very low vaccination rates. we are going to deploy things to expand detection of the virus, netizens to help teach dutch treat the infected, and we are going to provide -- treat me infected, and we are going to provide pedicle experts to helpful the gaps. they are going to happen in states with low vaccination rates. the bottom line is, my administration is doing everything it can to lead the whole of government expense of the federal -- response of the federal, state and local government. we have done our part, millions of americans have already done that. we have to keep it up until we are finished. we are emerging from one of the darkest years in our nations history. we are into a summer of hope and joy, hopefully.
think about where you were last year, where you are today, what you were able to do last year at this time and today. it is a year of hard fought progress. we can't get complacent now. the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family and the people you care about the most is get vaccinated. it is the best thing the community can do to protect themselves, increase vaccination rates. you can do this. you can do this. let's finish the job, finish it together. god bless you all and please, please get vaccinated. it makes a big difference. as i said, it is a patriotic thing to do. may god protect our troops. thank you. >> with the ransomware attack, can you tell us if you believe this is the level of u.s.
retaliation? pres. biden: i can tell you a couple of things. i received an update from our national security team this morning, it appears to have caused minimal damage to u.s. businesses but we are gathering information. to the full extent of the attack. i will have more to say about this in the next several days. we are getting more detail and information. that is what i can tell you now and i feel good about our ability to -- >> [indiscernible] announcer: c-span is your unfiltered view of government, funded by these television companies and more, including sparklite.
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