CITY OF WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 30, 2021)—today President Joe Biden announced the “90/90” rule. Biden said by April 19th, “three weeks from today, 90 percent of adults –people over 18 and over–will be eligible to get vaccinated.
“And, of course, it will take time for everyone to get their appointment. It’s a big country. And as fast as we’re going, and we still have a long way to go to finish this vaccination effort. In fact, we aren’t even there — we aren’t halfway yet. But being at 90/90 just three weeks from today should give hope to the country,” Biden added.
President Biden is taking steps to get assistance out into the communities. He is “sending out millions of dollars, through the Department of Health and Human Service, to provide assistance, including transportation, so more vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities can get their shots because they get help to physically get there, to get the shot. Neighbors helping neighbors: What a truly American effort. We cannot let transportation be a barrier to any senior getting a vaccination.”
In the next three weeks, we’ll add 12 more federally run mass vaccination sites. Every day at these sites, tens of thousands of people are able to drive up, get a vaccine shot while in their car, and leave in less than an hour. And over 60 percent of the shots given at these sites goes to minority communities because they’re in minority communities. We have to reach out. They’re the ones most affected by the vacci- — by both the vaccine, but also by the pandemic.
Biden also expressed to the American people that “If we let our guard down now, we can see the virus getting worse, not better. People are letting up on precautions, which is a very bad thing.”
“This is deadly serious,” Biden said, urging governors to reinstate mask mandates and other restrictions that some states have been easing. President Biden called for all states, Tribes, and territories to make all U.S. adults eligible for vaccination no later than May 1 and is working closely with state and local leaders to make this happen as quickly as possible.
“We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope,” she said. “But right now, I’m scared.”
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a press briefing that the United State is facing “impending doom” as daily Covid-19 cases begin to rebound once again, threatening to send more people to the hospital even as vaccinations accelerate nationwide.
“When I first started at CDC about two months ago I made a promise to you: I would tell you the truth even if it was not the news we wanted to hear. Now is one of those times when I have to share the truth, and I have to hope and trust you will listen,” Director Dr. Walensky added.
“I’m going to pause here, I’m going to lose the script, and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom,” Walensky said. “We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope, but right now I’m scared.”
According to recent reports, the U.S.’s daily cases are growing by at least 5% in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
Source:Bee News Daily and AP News contributed to the article.