According to the president, this will bring closer the day when Americans can celebrate the holidays together.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden urged Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to successfully fight the pandemic.
“We share the sentiments of Pope Francis, who said vaccination is a moral duty that can save your life and the lives of others,” the president said in an Easter video message posted on Twitter.
“By being vaccinated and encouraging vaccination in your parishes and in your communities, not only can we defeat the virus, but we can also bring closer the day when we can celebrate the holidays together,” he added.
As of Friday, 40 percent of American adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and the total number of doses administered has exceeded 100 million, which was Biden’s original vaccination goal.
Later, he set a new goal – to bring this figure to 200 million doses in the first 100 days in office.
In his address, Biden told the Americans that he understands that “many still have to do without the usual comfort of the holiday season.”
“The virus has not disappeared, and many of us still feel the longing and loneliness of distance,” the president said. “For the second year in a row, the majority will be separated from their families, friends, church communities, which fill us with joy.”
“And nevertheless,“ the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not encompass it, ”the president continued.
The First Lady reminded the Americans that the situation is improving.
“Today, when spring returns, we see hope all around us,” said Dr. Biden.
“Families are getting the financial help they need to take a breath,” the first lady added. “More and more Americans are getting life-saving vaccines.”
While Biden called on Americans to get vaccinated, US chief infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned of an “alarming spike” in COVID-19, with more than 60,000 new cases reported on Saturday alone.
“It won’t last forever,” Fauci assured.
“Double your efforts, hold on a little longer, and vaccinating people in this country will overcome the virus surge,” he said.
“The vaccine will win,” Fauci said, adding that it “won’t be easy.”
Instead of the traditional Easter egg rolling celebration at the White House, the president is expected to deliver an Easter-themed speech on Monday.
Egg rolling has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.