Biden, speaking at a televised town hall in Cincinnati, said the public health crisis has largely turned into a difficult situation for the unvaccinated, as the spread of the delta variant has led to an increase in infections throughout the country.
“We have a pandemic for those who have not received the vaccine, it is that basic, that simple,” he said at the CNN town hall.
The president also expressed optimism that children under the age of 12 will be approved for vaccination in the coming months. But he showed exasperation that so many eligible Americans are still reluctant to get an injection.
“If you are vaccinated, you will not be hospitalized, you will not be in the IC drive, and you’re not going to die, “Biden said on the forum at Mount St. Joseph University. “So it’s hugely important that … we all act like Americans who care about our fellow citizens.”
Almost all hospitalizations and deaths in the US are among the unvaccinated. But Covid-19 cases nearly tripled in the US for two weeks amid a flood of vaccine misinformation that is putting pressure on hospitals, draining doctors and pushing clergy into the fray.
Across the U.S., the seven-day moving average of daily new cases rose in the past two weeks to more than 37,000 on Tuesday, down from less than 13,700 on July 6, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Health officials blame the delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. Only 56.2% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The president noted that the increase has become so worrisome that even his critics are rejecting the vaccine misinformation.
Biden made an indirect reference to conservative high-profile personalities on Fox News who have “had an altar call” and are now speaking more openly with their skeptical guests about the benefits of getting vaccinated. Sean Hannity recently told viewers, “I believe in the science of vaccination” and urged them to take the disease seriously. Steve Doocy, co-host of “Fox & Friends,” told viewers this week that vaccination “will save your life.”
Biden, who traveled to Ohio while trying to increase support for his economic agenda, visited a union training center across from City Hall.
The journey occurs when the destination of your infrastructure proposal remains unclear after Senate Republicans rejected a $ 1 trillion bill in a key test vote Wednesday. A bipartisan group of 22 senators said in a joint statement after the vote that they were close to reaching an agreement on a deal and requested a delay until Monday.
Biden expressed his confidence in the result, saying: “It’s a good thing and I think we will get there.”
As lawmakers argue over the details of that proposal on Capitol Hill, Biden argued that his nearly $ 4 trillion package is necessary to rebuild the middle class and sustain the economic growth the country has experienced during the first six months of his presidency.
First, Biden toured the IBEW / NECA Electrical Training Center on the west side of Cincinnati. He got a chance to get up close and personal with apprentices working their way through five-year internships to learn the ins and outs of the kind of skilled, well-paying union jobs that he says will be in greater demand if his plan comes to fruition. .
“There’s a reason unionized workers are the best trained,” Biden said, meeting apprentices in five-year training programs.
It was his third trip to the state, one that he lost by about 8 points in 2020, but which remains critical to the Democratic partypolitical future and a key test of whether Biden’s economic proposals have the general appeal of the White House hopes.
With presidential visits to the cities of Columbus, Cleveland and now Cincinnati in Ohio, the White House is betting that Biden’s policies are popular with independent voters and that the electorate will reward a president and a party who try to solve their problems.
The state faces a heated Senate election next year with the retirement of Republican Rob Portman, who helped negotiate the infrastructure plan that now faces an uncertain future in the equally divided Senate.
The president’s visit brought him close to the dangerously outdated Brent Spence Bridge, a truck and emergency vehicle bottleneck between Ohio and Kentucky that the last two presidents unsuccessfully vowed to replace.
Biden made a passing reference to the structure, telling town hall goers that it’s time to “fix that damn bridge of yours.”
Back in Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republicans selected by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on a committee investigating the Jan.6 insurrection in the Capitol. McCarthy said the Republican Party will not participate in the investigation if the Democrats do not accept the members he appointed.
CNN moderator Don Lemon asked how Biden could be confident that Republicans and Democrats can unite on any issue when they can’t even agree on the investigation of the most brazen attack on the United States Capitol in 200 years. .
Biden simply replied, “These people,” a nod to forum viewers and their faith in Americans in general. But Biden also seemed to acknowledge that the partisan rift in Washington had become maddening.
“I don’t care if you think I’m Satan reincarnated,” Biden said. “The fact is, you can’t watch that television and say nothing happened on the 6th and listen to people saying that this was a peaceful march.” . ”
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