On Monday, President Joe Biden warned that Americans who decided not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will “end up paying the price.”
Biden welcomed the fact that that coronavirus deaths are at the lowest level since April 2020, down 81%. Cases are also reportedly down in all 50 states.
Biden announces COVID cases are now down in all 50 states for the first time since the pandemic began. But he warns states with low vaccination rates may see cases go up
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 17, 2021
Biden Warns Unvaccinated
But Fox News reported that Biden worried this progress could be thwarted if many refuse to get vaccinated.
“I can’t promise that it will continue this way,” Biden said. “We know there will be advances and setbacks and we know that many flareups could occur.”
“But if the unvaccinated get vaccinated, they’ll protect themselves and other unvaccinated people around them,” the president said.
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Biden added that “states with low vaccination rates may see those rates go up, may see this progress, reversed,” if people refuse a vaccine.
The president continued, “Ultimately, those who are not vaccinated will end up paying the price.”
“The vaccinated will continue to be protected against serve illnesses, but others may not be if you’re not vaccinated,” Biden warned.
With 90% of Americans living within five miles of a vaccination center, it’s never been easier to get your COVID-19 shot. Head to https://t.co/4MYpWqXVVo today to find a location near you.
Get vaccinated, folks.
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 17, 2021
Biden Admin Plans To Send 20 Million Doses Of The Vaccine Overseas
President Biden noted that as of Tuesday, 60 percent of Americans will have received at least one dose of the vaccine. His administration’s goal is getting that number to 70.
He emphasized his goal of getting 70 percent of Americans to take at least one dose of the vaccine by the Fourth of July weekend.
Team Biden also plans to send 20 million doses of the vaccine overseas by the end of June.
President Biden: "Some people may want to continue to wear masks even if they are fully vaccinated. That's a decision they can make. Some businesses may want to continue to require wearing masks. Let's all be kind and respectful for one another as we come out of this pandemic." pic.twitter.com/Hg1EdGCoNg
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 18, 2021
Biden On Sharing Vaccines Globally: ‘It’s The Strong Thing To Do’
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki praised her boss’s plan. America is sending “the most doses donated by any country in the world by five times,” Psaki noted.
“We need to help fight the disease around the world to keep us safe here at home and to do the right thing and help the other people,” Biden said on Monday.
“It’s the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do,” Biden said.
“It’s the strong thing to do,” the president finished.
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