President Biden projected a sense of hope and optimism ahead of Memorial Day weekend, touting the progress the country has made in tackling the coronavirus pandemic through vaccination efforts, to the help local leaders and Americans who have done their “patriotic duty”.
“Four months after taking office, we are further along in this fight than anyone would have thought possible. Remember where we were 129 days ago. When I took office, we had an average of 184,000 cases per day across the country. Here in Virginia, as the governor pointed out, schools were closed, Main Street had become quiet here and in cities across America. Biden said Friday during remarks at the Sportrock Climbing Center in Alexandria, Virginia.
“And today you’ve gone from 184 cases per day nationwide to less than 22 cases – 22,000 cases per day. Deaths have fallen by more than 85%. Tens of thousands of moms and dads, grandfathers and grandmothers, brothers, sisters, neighbors, friends are still with us today who would otherwise have been lost, ”he said. he adds.
The president said that thanks to the 165 million Americans who have received at least one vaccine and the 51% of Americans who are fully vaccinated, “we are not just saving lives, we are getting our lives back.”
“Shops and restaurants up and down Main Street hang open signs on their front doors. And here, in the climbing hall, we are greeted by another and we greet each other, with smiles, without our masks, ”he said.
However, Biden stressed that despite the growing light at the end of the tunnel, Americans cannot let go now, and he urged those not yet vaccinated against Covid-19 to do so.
“As more and more Americans get vaccinated, the days are getting brighter and brighter, but let me be clear, we’re not done yet. We need to reach those who are not vaccinated and make it as easy as possible for them to protect themselves, ”the president said, calling on Americans to“ run across the finish line ”.
Biden also said the increase in vaccinations across the country shows Americans are ready to come together for a common goal of beating the virus.
“When I ran for office, I said I wanted to do three things, one of which was to unite the country. It is difficult, but it is the first real proof that we are able to do it. The American people are more ready to come together, I believe, than Congress and elected officials, but we are getting there, ”he said.
The president also praised the economic progress the country has made since taking office, just hours before his first budget proposal was sent to Congress.
“From the pain and stagnation of a long, dark winter to a moving economy, which is growing faster than it has for nearly 40 years. From anemic job creation in the months before I took office to the fastest job creation in the first three months of any administration in American history. And rising wages, rising wages, ”Biden said.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam also spoke on Friday, discussing the progress his state has specifically made in getting to a point where it can reverse restrictions.
“Today, we mark an important step in our fight against Covid-19. As of 12:01 a.m. this morning, for the first time since March 2020, there are no capacity or distance limits at restaurants, businesses, offices, or other locations in Virginia. It’s something we can all be proud of, ”Northam said.
He also touted the state’s vaccination efforts, saying 66% of adults in Virginia have had at least their first vaccine and more than half of adults are fully vaccinated, adding that the state will meet the goal of Biden of 70% of adults receiving at least one vaccine. 4th July.
Northam praised the Biden administration for following the science, dealing a – not so veiled – blow to the Trump administration.
“As governor, I can tell you that having a partner in the White House makes a huge, huge difference, sets clear goals like he did, and supports us with the resources we need to achieve those. Goals. And as a doctor, I know it also makes a big difference when leadership respects science and follows its example, ”he said.