Biden delivers a lockdown anniversary address Thursday

Biden delivers a lockdown anniversary address Thursday

The President will talk about what the country has gone through over the past year and what needs to be done next

President Joe Biden is delivering an address on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the U.S. quarantine measures. The President’s speech will be broadcast in prime time and is expected to last about 20 minutes.

According to the press service of the White House, the president will highlight the sacrifices the American people had to make in connection with the pandemic and outline further plans to combat the virus. He will also acknowledge the efforts of his administration to speed up the vaccination process.

During the election campaign, Democrat Biden promised to take more active measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic than his predecessor Donald Trump. Since the day of his inauguration, the new president has repeatedly warned that the struggle is not over yet and further losses await the country.

However, the proportion of the vaccinated population is gradually increasing, and Biden is cautiously optimistic, although he continues to call for precautions to be taken to avoid new outbreaks of infection.

In the United States, the pandemic has claimed more than 528,000 lives, and only about 10% of residents have been fully vaccinated so far. As Biden said on Wednesday, in his address he will talk about what the country has experienced over the past year, and what awaits America next.

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“I’m going to start the next phase of the fight against coronavirus and explain what we will do as a government and what we will ask the Americans to do,” he said.

The president is expected to urge Americans weary of restrictions to take their time to return to their normal lives.

Biden has repeatedly called on citizens to continue to wear masks, maintain social distancing and hygiene measures, and advised cities and states not to ease restrictions for now.

“Now we cannot afford to relax our vigilance or believe that victory is inevitable. Together we will overcome this pandemic and enter a healthier and more hopeful future, ”the president said Wednesday with executives from pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson and Merck.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of Tuesday morning, about 128 million doses of the vaccine had been distributed in the United States from three authorized manufacturers and nearly 96 million inoculations had been given.