President Joe Biden said his predecessor let the coronavirus "spread unchecked," then spoke to the hopes and heartaches, dreams and deaths, loss and loves the American people have experienced over the past year in his first address to the nation, which marked the one-year anniversary the coronavirus was declared a pandemic.
Biden announced he is instructing states to make all adult Americans eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine by May 1. He predicts by that point two million people a day will be able to get vaccinated. He announced the rollout of a national website to make finding a provider to vaccinate Americans easier.
Biden said, "I need you," urging everyone to get vaccinated and "do your part" so American can begin a return back to normal.
He said he wants July 4 to not only mark our independence, but our independence from the virus.
"Beating this virus and getting back to normal depends on national unity," he said, but warned if it doesn't happen restrictions may have to be re-introduced.A few video excerpts:
A few video excerpts:
"A year ago we were hit with a virus that was met with silence, and spread unchecked. Denials for days, weeks, then… https://t.co/KJx6V7PCnN— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1615511104.0
"We all lost something, a collective suffering, a collective sacrifice," Pres. Biden says in characterizing a year… https://t.co/bEMgnzuGrS— CBS Evening News (@CBS Evening News) 1615511215.0
"I need you. I need you to get vaccinated when it's your turn ... if we do all this ... by July the 4th, there's a… https://t.co/MxArsQzblb— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1615512054.0
Pres. Biden: "We lost faith in whether our government and our democracy can deliver on really hard things for the A… https://t.co/98AYe2StDC— CBS News (@CBS News) 1615512551.0