Thursday, 17 June, 2021


Biden Talks School Reopening, Vaccine Availability

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Patty Aguilar | 17 February, 2021, 22:12

Biden also said that he wanted a faster return of children to schools and that he backs vaccinations for teachers.

Following Mr. Biden's remarks, Ms. Psaki tweeted that the "goal was to open schools five days a week as quickly as possible".

"China is trying very hard to become a world leader and to get that moniker and be able to do that they have to gain the confidence of other countries", Mr Biden said on his first official trip since taking office as President in January. "By the end of July, we'll have over 600 million doses, enough to vaccinate every single American".

"When we're in the business of picking fights with our allies instead of working with them, that takes away from our strength in dealing with China", Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview with NPR. CDC guidance also stipulates that those with higher risk of serious Covid-19 infections should be allowed to remain home for virtual learning until they are able to receive the vaccine.

About 89% of children in the US live in a county considered a red zone with high levels of Covid-19 transmission under new school opening guidelines shared by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, according to a CNN analysis of federal data.

A recent study from CDC researchers who examined rural districts in Wisconsin found coronavirus spread was limited in schools that use mitigation strategies such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

"If you look at the projection, I would imagine by the time we get to April, that will be what I would call, for [lack] of better wording, 'open season, '" Fauci told NBC's "Today" show.

"Yes, I have", said Biden.

Joe Biden elbow bumps an immunologist
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Even if the residence still feels new, Mr. Biden suggested he's already settled deeply into the work of the presidency.

Cooper pressed Biden on whether he meant that the vaccine would be available or whether the shots would have been administered by that time.

Biden shut down talk of canceling $50,000 in student debt via executive action, as was proposed in a resolution earlier this month by key Democrats: "I will not make that happen". "How do you get the vaccine into someone's arm?" He said he believes he lacks the authority to forgive student loan debt on a larger scale.

Beyond such slips though, the Biden administration is building on the Trump era drive to restore U.S. primacy, particularly in the technology field, by freeing supply chains from China's stranglehold.

Mr. Biden's appearance came after his predecessor, Mr. Trump, was acquitted by the Senate in his second impeachment trial.

President Biden speaking in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Comforting a second-grader who hasn't been able to go school and was anxious about getting the virus, Biden told the girl that children are less likely to get infected, adding, "I wouldn't worry about it, baby, I promise you".

Biden referenced the CDC's report that there should be "smaller classes, more ventilation, making sure that everybody has masks and is socially distanced, and you have less, fewer students in one room".

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