President Biden addresses virus containment
President Biden is expected to address virus containment and vaccine distribution.
the whole during the course. Okay. All right. This is gold. Do you think? Yeah. What happened? Folks are Thank you for taking the time to be here. Good afternoon. I'm accompanied by Jeff Science, Whose heading up? Our whole covert team. And today, what I like to do is to upgrade up, date you on what we are tomorrow we're going to begin the briefings and in a current, a regular basis with Mr Science and his team. So we're bringing back the pros. Thio, uh, talk about covert and unvarnished way. Any questions you have? That's how we'll handle them because we're letting science speak again. And so I I'd like to update you on the aggressive steps were taken to meet our goal of administering 100 million cova 19 vaccine shots within within 100 days and to ramp up the vaccine supply as fast as we can. Uh, this will be one of the most difficulty operational challenges we've ever undertaken as a nation. I've said that before, but I must say it again because we're gonna do everything we can to get it done. But a lot of things can go wrong along the way. And so, as I've said in the past, we want to give credit to everyone involved in this vaccine effort and the prior administration and the science community and the medical sphere forgetting the program. I didn't do it, I promise. Forgetting the program off the ground and that credit is absolutely do. But it's also no secret that we have recently discovered in the final days of the transition on it was until the final days. We got to kind of cooperation. We needed that once we arrived. A vaccine program is in worse shape than we anticipated or expected. A lot of you follow this, and nobody is. I mean, necessarily. The press is the smartest group of people in town. You hold this stuff down clearly, I think you found the same thing. Even before I took office, I announced a new vaccination vaccination strategy which centers on federal leadership and execution for our whole country. And that's why I directed my covert team to go to work immediately and how we could step up the vaccination efforts and the vaccinations. I'm pleased to announce the first progress and that work today and on day seven of my, uh, my presidency. First, after a review of the current vaccine supply manufacturing plants, I can announce that we will increase overall weekly vaccination distributions of states, tribes and territories from 8.6 million doses to a minimum of 10 million doses starting next week. That's an increase of 1.4 million doses per week. And you all know if I may say no parenthetically, you all know know that the vaccines were distributed to states based on population based on population. And so the smaller the state, the less vaccine the bigger the state, the more they get. And, uh, so that's gonna allow million's of mawr Americans to get vaccinated sooner than previously anticipated. We got a long way to go, though. The second thing, we're increasing the transparency with states, cities and tribes and local partners when it comes to the vaccine supply. This is something we've heard over and over again from both Democrats and Republicans, state and local leaders, uh, that they need a plan in order to what? They didn't know what they have to plan on. They need know what the order is gonna be. Uh, Jeff had a meeting with the governor's on zoom and, uh, and others, and I think we're getting this coordinated in a way that there's increased, uh, cooperation and confidence. But until now, we've had to guess how much vaccine to expect for the next week. And that's what the governors had to dio. How much am I getting next week? This is unacceptable. The you know lives are at stake here from this week Forward, God willing, will ensure that states, tribes and territories will now always have a reliable three week forecast. What the supply they're going to get so they'll know three weeks ahead of time. What's gonna be there in the third week? This is gonna help make sure governors, mayors and local leaders have greater certainty around supply so they can carry out their plans to vaccinate as many people as possible. So we will both increase the supply in the short term by more than 15% and give our states and local partners more certainty about when deliveries will arrive. These two steps are gonna help increase our prospects of hitting or exceeding, God willing. The ambitious goal of 100 million shots in 100 days. But I also want to be clear. 100 million shots in 100 days is not the end point. It's just the start. We're not stopping there. The end goal is to beat covert 19, and the way we do that is to get more people vaccinated, which means we have to be ready after we hit the ground. Hey, after hit the goal of 100 million shots in 100 days now that means fewer than 100 million people getting totally vaccine. It means 100 shots, and it means somewhere between 60 maybe less. Maybe MAWR million people will have the because it requires two shots in many cases. Not always so today I'm directing Cova 19, response coordinator Jeff Science here toe work with the Department of Health and Human Services to increase our total supply off vaccine for the American people. And we believe that we'll soon be able to confirm the purchase of an additional 100 billion doses for each of the two FDA authorized vaccine, Pfizer and Moderna. That's 100 million MAWR doses of Pfizer and 100 million more doses of modernity, 200 million more doses than the federal government had previously secured not in hand yet, but ordered. We expect these additional 200 million doses to be delivered this summer, and some of it will come as early began to come in early summer. But by the mid by the mid summer that this vaccine will be there and the order, and that increases the total vaccine order in the United States by 50% from 400 million order to 600 million. There's enough vaccine to fully vaccinate 300 Americans by end of the summer, the beginning of the fall. But we want to make it look that's I want to repeat. It will be enough to fully vaccinated 300 Americans to beat this pandemic. 300 million Americans. And this is an aggregate plan that doesn't leave anything on the table or anything to chance. As we've seen happen in the past year, I've said before this is a wartime effort. When I say when, when I say that people ask wartime, say yeah, more than 400,000 Americans have already died. I think it's 411 or 12 have died in one year of this pandemic, More than all the people who died in all the Americans who died in World War Two. This is a wartime undertaking. It's not hyperbole. And as such, I directed the team to be ready to exercise all the authorities I have under the Defense Production Act and expedite thes vaccines. And we're using the defense production Acto launch, full scale wartime effort to address the supply shortages we inherited from the previous administration. We're gonna be working across the government with private industry to ramp up production of vaccine, the protective equipment, the syringes, the needles, the gloves, the swabs, the mask. Everything is needed to protect, test, vaccinate and take care of our people. Well, we've already identified suppliers on We're working with them to move our plan forward. The biggest problem. I hope you're all asking me, and by the end of the summer that you have too much vaccine left over. You have too much equipment left over. That's not my worry. I hope that becomes the problem rather than we somehow find interruptions in supply or access these aggressive steps to increase vaccine supply. Come on top of the steps we took last week to get more people vaccinated for free, to create more places for them to get vaccinated and to mobilize more medical teams to get shots in people's arms. We've directed FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to stand up the first federally supported community vaccination centers, and that work is underway. We're working to make vaccines available thousands of local pharmacies beginning in early February, a couple weeks off, and we know that will enormously expand our reach. Last week, I also signed a declaration to immediately began reimbursing states 100% for the uses of their National Guard to help the covert relief effort, both getting people, getting the sights set up and even using some of their personnel to administer some of the vaccines. And I think it's something Democrats, Republicans, governors alike of call for. We're also expanding testing once you help schools and businesses reopened safely and protect the most vulnerable. And we formalized the health equity task force to ensure that equity is at the core of everything we do in urban and rural communities alike. To make sure those people most significantly damaged have have access access, we have to change. We have to move in the direction, but for those communities that are hard to get to. But the brutal truth is it's going to take months before we could get the majority of Americans vaccinated months in the next few months. Masks, not vaccines, are the best defense against Covert 19. Experts say that worrying mask from now on just until April would save 50,000 lines who otherwise will pass away if we don't wear these masks. That's why I'm asking the American people to mask up. For the 1st 100 days, I've issued executive orders requiring mass on federal property and interstate travel trains and planes and Busses. One congressman pointed out a guy Can I, uh he used a very, anyway colorful term to say we're in a mask. I told him, toe, kiss my ear. I'm not gonna wear a mask. Well, guess what. Not very American. The fact is, you wanna be patriotic, you're gonna protect people. And new cova. 19 variants are are We are instituting new measures to deal with these individuals flying in the United States from other countries. You've all hold if you could hold a second. You all you've all heard about the strain the the British strain, the Brazilian strain, the South African strain. And they are. They seem to be more transmittable more easily. So in addition to wear a mask, everyone flying to the United States from another country we need to test before they get on the plane and self quarantine. When they arrived in America, I'm gonna close with this. I now have a national. We now have a national strategy to be covert 19. It's comprehensive. It's based on science, not politics. It's based on truth, not denial, and it is detailed. It's gonna require Congress to pass the American rescue plan, provide funding to administer the vaccines to ramp up testing, help schools and businesses reopened and deliver immediate economic relief to Americans who are badly needed it through no fault of their own on our plan will take time. Progress from our plan will take time to measure as people getting infected today don't show up in case counts for weeks, and those who perished from those from the disease die weeks after that exposure. You know, despite the best, our best intentions, we're gonna face setbacks, which I will always explain to you and acknowledge. And let me be clear. Things are going to continue to get worse before they get better. The death toll experts tell us, is likely to top 500,000 by the end of next month. This February and cases will continue to mount. We didn't get into this mess overnight. It's going to take months for us to turn things around. But let me be equally clear. We're going to get through this. We will defeat this pandemic and to a nation waiting for action. Let me be clearest on this point. Help is on the way. We can do this if we come together. If we listen to the scientists, as I said tomorrow, I say to the press, the entire team will be back in the business of my cove. A team of answering all your detailed questions. So thank you very much for your patients. Keep the faith. We're gonna get this done on. I'll always level with you about the state of affairs. Thank you. 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