President Biden touted vaccination progress on Monday and predicted a return to some normalcy “by the end of the summer.”
“I think by the end of the summer, we’ll be in a very different position than we are now,” he said when asked to predict a timeline for a return to normalcy, citing his administration’s work to ramp up vaccine production and commitment to scaling it up to help other countries “once we take care of all Americans.”
He also addressed vaccine hesitancy, citing some promising statistics.
“What’s happening now is all the talk about how people were not going to get shots and were not going to be involved, we were told that was most likely to be among people who are 65 years of age. But now, people over 65 years of age over 80% have now been vaccinated, and 66%, fully vaccinated. And there’s virtually no difference between white, Black, Hispanic, and Asian-American,” he said.
He touted ongoing efforts to expand vaccine access and steps toward promoting vaccine equity.
“What we’ve done, under some criticism, is we have expanded access to vaccinations to familiar places — 40,000 drugstores now, also all of the community health centers that are available all across the nation, mobile units going out, and it’s getting better and better and better,” he said.
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