tv Pres. Biden Delivers Remarks on COVID-19 Response CSPAN September 25, 2021 12:27am-12:58am EDT
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other television providers. giving you a front row seat to democracy. ♪ >> president biden talked about his approach to the covid-19 response. he announced the fda and cdc approved booster shots for certain americans who got the pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. the president says those 65 and older, those with conditions, are eligible for a booster. this is half an hour. morning, everyone. as i have said before, we have the tools to be to covid. covid-19. if we come together as a country and use the tools we have.
earlier this month, i laid out a six part plan for the fall that does just that. one, vaccinate the unvaccinated. including with the requirements. two, keep the vaccinated protected. three, keep children safe and schools open. four, increased testing and masking. five, protect the economic recovery. and six, improve the care for people with covid-19. we made important progress on each front. this week as planned we took a key step in protecting the vaccinated with booster shots. which are top government doctors belief provides the highest level of protection available to date. the food and drug administration, the fda, the senate for disease control and prevention, the cdc, they've completed their independent scientific review and based on that review, the majority of
americans who were fully vaccinated with the pfizer vaccine are now able to receive the booster shot six months after they have received their second shot. six months after the second shot, you're eligible. those eligible include, in addition to meeting the requirement of six months after the second shot, those people who are 65 years or older. adults 18 and over with certain underlying health conditions like diabetes and obesity. and those who are at increased risk of covid-19 because of where they work or where they live, like health-care workers, teachers, grocery store workers. that group makes up 60 million americans who are now eligible for a booster six months after their second shot. and up to 20 million who will receive their earlier pfizer shot, at least six months ago are eligible today.
so those folks eligible now. -- are eligible now. and while we waited and compared, we bought enough booster shots and states and pharmacies, doctors and offices and community health centers have been preparing to get shots in the arms of the booster shots in arms for a while. and like your first and second shot, the booster shot is free and easily accessible. booster shots will be available in 80,000 locations, including over 40000 pharmacies nationwide. so, my message today is this, if you have the pfizer vaccine, in -- you got it in january or
february or march of this year, and you are over 65 years of age, go get the booster. or if you have a medical condition, like diabetes, or you are a front-line worker like a healthcare worker or a teacher, you can get a free booster now. i'll be getting my booster shot, it is hard to acknowledge that i'm over 65 and i'm getting my booster shot. [laughter] all kidding aside, i beginning -- i'm beginning my booster shot. not sure exactly when i'll do it, as soon as i can -- of course millions of americans have themmoderna and johnson & johnson vaccine, my messages that you still have a high degree of protection. and doctors and scientists are working day and night to analyze the data from those two organizations on whether you need a booster shot and when. and as the process moves ahead and again, the bottom line is that if you are fully vaccinated
then you are highly protected from severe illness even if you get covid-19. in fact, recent data indicates there is only one confirmed positive case per 5000 fully vaccinated americans per day. you are safe as possible. you are in good shape. they're doing everything we can to keep it that way, which is where the booster comes in. so let me be clear, yes, i made incredible progress a vaccine wind americans with over 182 million people being fully vaccinated as of today. this is the pandemic of the unvaccinated. and it is caused by the fact that despite americans having an unprecedented successful vaccination program, despite the fact that for almost five months, these vaccines have been available in 80000 locations, we still have over 70 million americans who failed to get a
single shot. and to make matters worse, their elected officials are actively working to undermine with false information, the fight against covid-19. this is totally unacceptable. the vast majority of americans are doing the right thing. three quarters of the eligible have gotten at least one shot. but one quarter has not gotten any. in the country as large as ours, that 25 percent minority can cause enough a lot of damage and they are causing damage the unvaccinated, overcrowd our hospitals, overrun emergency rooms in intensive care units in -- and leaving no room for someone with a heart attack or cancer operation needed to get the care needed because the places where would they would get the care are crowded.
they're not available. the unvaccinated also puts our economy recovery every is causing honeys around the kitchen table. i can imagine what is going on the conversations this morning, a lot of parents are wondering what is going to happen. those who have been vaccinated, is going to happen pretty slowing economic growth and costing jobs. the refusal has cost all of us. i moving forward the requirements wherever i can. these are covering two thirds of workers in america. i'm pleased to see the more businesses and organizations instituting on vaccination requirements. i've had business leaders call thanked me for saying the policies to allow them to do the same thing. they're able to do it anyway but it gives them the ability to move forward. we are making progress. for example united airlines, we
-- they required the vaccines about seven weeks ago. they now have 97% of employees are vaccinated. just four weeks ago the department of defense required vaccinations for the military. already 92 percent active-duty servicemembers are vaccinated. we are on track to administer 24 million shots in arms in september. so please, do the right thing. do the right thing. and i understand there's a lot of misinformation you have been fed out there. get to the people you trust and ask them. get vaccinated but don't just take it from me, listen to the voices of the unvaccinated americans who are lying in hospital beds and taking their final breath and saying it -- if only i had gotten vaccinated, if only. they're leaving behind husbands
and wives and school children, people who adore them. people are dying and will die and don't have today. it is not hyperbole. it's literally a tragedy. please don't let this become your tragedy. get vaccinated. it can save your life , it can save the life of those around you. text your zip code to 438829, or visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccination location near you now. let me close with this. we also made so much progress during the past eight months in this pandemic, and now we face a critical moment. we have the tools. we have the plan. we just have to finish the job together as one nation. and i know we can. i know we can. god bless you all, and please look out for your own
self-interest and health here. get vaccinated. may god protect our troops. thank you. abc, rachel scott. reporter: thank you, mr. president. you said on the campaign for your going to restore the moral standing of the u.s., that you're going to meet at the end trump's assault on the dignity of immigrant communities. have you failed and that promise? this is happening under your watch. do you take responsibility for the chaos unfolding? pres. biden: of course i take responsibility. i was president. but that was horrible what you saw. to see people treated like, people being strapped. it's outrageous. i promise you those people will pay. they will be, investigation is underway now and there will be consequences. there will be consequences. it's an embarrassment. it's beyond an embarrassment. it's dangerous, it's wrong, it sends the wrong message around the world. it sends the wrong message at home. it's simply not who we are.
thank you. reporter: mr. president, thank you. you came in office on a message of competent and unity. we witness what happened to the country the last several months. we see in the chaotic troop withdrawal from afghanistan, the threat of a government shutdown right now and democrats members of your own party are still divided over your agenda going forward. what do you say to americans who say you have not delivered on that promise? pres. biden: remember i said it's going to take me a year to deliver everything a look at here. -- i'm look at here. that's one. number two, take a look at what i inherited when i came into office, when i came into office, the state of affairs, where we were. we had 4 million people vaccinated no plan. i could go down the list. you know, part of it is dealing with the panoply of things that landed on my plate.
not complaining, it's just reality, reality, number one. number two, i think heart of what has to happen here as well, for example, let's talk about my economic plan. the economic plan, you all always, and understandably, legitimately, are deciding pulse. every element of my economic plan is overwhelmingly popular. overwhelmingly popular. but the problem is with everything happening not everybody knows what's in that plan. for example, all those women out there who are not able to go back to work because they have a dependent grandparent, parent or they have a dependent child who needs help, or they can't find a cure or they can't find, i mean -- can't find day care, or they can't find, i mean look at what's happening. well, there's a solution. there's a solution in the proposal that i put forward and the plans we are now debate -- now debating among ourselves
is the plan, the essence of the plan that i made up. in the beginning. so
i'm confident at the end of the day, we are going to be able to get that done. second point i would like make, we talk about price tags. it is a zero price tag on the debt. we are paying, going to pay for everything we spend. it's not, people, understandably understandably, well, you know, it started off at 6 trillion, now it's 3.5 trillion, is a -- is it going to be 2.9? it's going to be zero. zero. because in that plan that i put forward and i said from the outset, i said i'm writing to change the dynamic of how the economy grows. i'm tired of trickle down. trillionaires and billionaires are doing very, very well. you all know, you all report it. in the middle of this crisis, the hard-working people and middle-class people are getting hurt. so i provide for for example, a tax cut.
if you have a child, you get a refundable tax credit. it's reduced hunger in america by 40%, literally, for children. you have the whole notion of being able to provide for daycare for your children, getting people back to school, et cetera. it's all paid for. it's all paid for, but a lot of these are what tax cuts that exist within my proposal. they are being calculated as if the cost of the care tax credit is a cost to the government. it's not. it's reducing taxes, reducing taxes, not increasing taxes. now, part of the problem is i had hoped, i hadn't planned on though i anticipated it might happen, i hadn't planned on the 178-mile winds come hurricane going in louisiana and 20 inches of rain in new york and new jersey and an area as big as the state of new jersey burning down
in the west. so what i had hoped i would be doing, i did what i didn't campaign -- and it's been very much curtailed i whole range of things. and so i think that it's understandable, i think it's understandable, people being frustrated. i think they're frustrated as well by the fact not just members of congress, democrats and republicans, frustrated by i thought this was going to be better. i thought everything was working out. we were moving along on covid-19. and now, we have all these people that refused to get a shot. and now look at the people dying. large numbers of people dying. obviously it is a legitimate
question you asked -- but think putting it in context here it's going to take some time here. and i know i always kid you when you all ask me about well, what about are you going to get a done, b, c done? i say do what you negotiate? i've been a bit facetious but here's the deal. this is going to end up i believe we're going to end up getting both the pieces of my economic legislation, the first piece, 1.9, fundamentally change the structure and the nature of the economy in this country. even the remember it got clobbered. -- even though remember it got clobbered. it was all this terrible thing, no republican voted for it. well, we got real economic growth. now we're at a stalemate at the moment and we're going to have to get these two pieces of legislation passed, both need to be passed. they will have a profound impact. according to not just joe biden but according to wall street, according to the imf, according to the international organizations.
and so, and then, i'm going to be having a meeting today with the quad, with the leaders of, -- the leader of india, japan, and australia and were going to be talking to afghanistan which is a legitimate thing for people to be talking about. but the truth of the matter is, the end of the day is, we were spending $300 million a day for 20 years. there is no easy way to end that and we're still getting people out, but it's really, there is no picture book way to say okay, the war has ended, let's get a foot out and we will go home. no wars are ended that way other than there's been some renders -- surrenders in a totally different circumstance. so anyway, there's a lot i'm sure along the line that the -- that i could've done better but i make no apologies for my proposals, how i am proceeding and why i think by the end of year where going to be in a very different place.
reporter: a follow-up on covid if i can, what do you say to americans who disregard the new cdc guidance and get a booster shot anyway? pres. biden: i'm not sure how they get it. reporter: got it without a high risk in situation or anything , the age limit. pres. biden: i think that you will see that in the near term. we will probably open this up anyway, there's constant, we're looking at both moderna and j&j, both as i said in the speech, in addition to that we are also looking to the time when we're going to be able to expand the booster shots basically across the board. i would just say, it would be better to wait your turn in line, wait your turn and to get there. reporter: thank you, mr.
president. when you met with congressional leaders this week, you told them to try to find a number less than 3.5 trillion on the reconciliation package. that they could live with. what is is that topline number in your mind as you deliberate these considerations works separately, you mentioned how you are going to pay for some of these provisions. senator wyden has a proposal on annual taxes on billionaires and unrealized gains. is that a proposal you support? pres. biden: yes, i do. look, i support a lot of these proposals. we don't need all the things i support to pay for this but i do support that. look, if you file a w-2 form, the irs has access to your bank account, and your bank tells you how much you make, what you have in there, and they estimate your taxes. if you have no income, if you
have no earned income, and it's all investment income, it's hard to figure out what the hell -- excuse me, what the heck you have. that's why we have two, and i know some people don't like this. that's why we have to rehire some irs agents. and not to do anything, not to try to make people pay something they don't know. just say, hey, step up. step up and pay like anybody else does. look, i really mean this. my whole career, i come from the corporate state of america. i just think it's about just hang her fair share, for lords sake. -- lord's sake. we can argue whether not the core protection go back up to 26.5% or 28 or 24, but the idea that 50, 50 major corporations in america making some total of $40 billion pay 0? come on. come on. that's just wrong. it's just not fair. and i think it's beginning to
sink to the ether a little bit. i think there clearly is enough from a panoply of options to pay for what ever it is that folks decide to pay for. let me finish by answering the initial part of your question, if i may. the way i look at it is what i've been telling my colleagues, and it surprises them sometimes when we are in those rooms, and i don't know whether you heard but both meetings went very well. i mean, it was, they were collegial. no one was hollering. everybody, you know, people hang out afterwards in the oval. anyway, both the progresses as well as the moderates. -- progressives as well as the moderates. and one of the things that i think is important, and i try to get people to focus on, is what
is it you like? what do you think -- forget a number. what do you think we should be doing? is it appropriate, in your view, to cut taxes for working class people by providing for day care, providing for early education three and four years old? is it appropriate to do something about free community college, or you want -- what are your priorities? and some of them when they go through their priorities, it adds up to a number higher than they said they were for. because i think this is, we are getting down to, you know, the hard spot here. people are having now to go in and look in detail as to what it is specifically they are for. it's a little bit like when we went through, and i'll end with this. it's a little bit like when we
went to the issue of the -- through the issue of the bipartisan deal on infrastructure. there were a lot of negotiations on that, and it wasn't until people were forced to look at what are you for? are you for taking care of that high with a bridge in your state or region? are you for doing something that and by middle degradation? are you for something that just with allowing us to provide for my niece to state so that they can, in fact, deal with things like what happened in states where a major utility lines come down? what do you do to build those back better to prevent that from happening? and you will speak to all these folks, so you'd speak to as many as i do. i find that they are going, i never really thought that through before.
i think it makes sense. and that's how we finally got to a bipartisan deal on what is a serious infrastructure proposal that really does a number of things, including things what people say, i don't want to do anything in the climate and they start thinking wait a minute, i have all these diesel buses at home. it would be a hell of a lot better if we have had electric buses. we changed the circumstance, boom, boom, boom. i think this is a process. that's why said at the front end that although we got off to a very fast start with the first piece of legislation, i don't expect this to be done and asked -- and us be in a position we can look back and say okay, did we get it done into basically the end of the year. i don't mean the vote on the two pieces of legislation related to the economy. i think it's going to take some time. and look, you know, my guess is we all come from similar backgrounds.
we never used to sit around the kitchen table in the morning if you the chance to do that or dinner at night with your mom and dad and your brothers and sisters? what did people talk about? they talked about are we going to be able to pay the mortgage? at least my house. what's going to happen if we have another one of those floods and it blows through here like it did in queens? was going to happen? what every going to do? -- what's going to happen? what are we going to do? by the way, i don't, you know, i'm just not sure that i want my son or daughter to be going into school with so many people are not vaccinated. -- when so many people are not vaccinated. you know, you know, i'm not sure i want kenny to be there for doing this. but these are practical things people are talking about. and looking down the road and they are looking at cost-of-living issues as well.
what's the cost-of-living issues? well, it's because we are in a position where the ability to have the product, the elements of the production of the product that, in fact, need to go into the production of that product are hard to get a hold of because people are in trouble. they are not able to produce them. they are not able to get them here or they are being hoarded. it's like, we are making progress, but like what we're doing with regard to making sure we have the computer chips to be able to keep, in the vernacular, to keep building automobiles. i think everybody was kind of surprised when, i think if i said to you -- i may be dead wrong, but if i had said to you in, say, april and i was going to get all three major manufacturers of american automobiles saying they will go electric, i doubt whether you thought that could be done.
we're out here on the back lot. they have all of a sudden figured it out. they've had a bit of an epiphany and they realized wait a minute, china is investing billions of dollars. china is making battery technology, blah, blah, blah, and this will happen anyway. and again, i will conclude by saying this is a process, and it's going to be up and down. that's why i don't look at the polls. not a joke. because it's going to go up and is going to down, it's going to go up and hopefully at the end of the day i'll be able to deliver on what i said i would do, one, renew the country together on a few important things like on infrastructure. getting us in a position where we can have some coherent policy relative foreign policy agreement. moving us in a position where we are able to actually generate
the kind of change in the -- change in the dynamic of how we grow the economy. not eliminate the super wealthy, not at all, but allow the working class and the middle class to be able to build out and up. and that can be done. and like i said every time i hear and i tried my staff crazy, every time i hear it's going to cost a, b, c or d, the truth is based on the commitment that i made, it's going to cost nothing because we are going to raise the revenue, raise the revenue to pay for the things we're talking about. and we're going to give -- and right now if you take a look at the reconciliation peace, $1 trillion of that is tax cuts. not raising anybody's taxes, tax cuts. people will pay less taxes.
but the people paying less taxes are going to be working class folks. it will put women back to work. will put people in situations where -- i know you're tired of hearing me say it but my dad's constant refrain, just give people a little breathing room, a little breathing room. thank you, guys. [shouting] >> the debt limit, sir. announcer: on saturday debate over the 20 22 budget requests with the house budget committee live at 2:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, online at c-span.org or listen on the free c-span radio app. republican