President Biden’s priority is to vaccinate teachers first.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday gave himself a firm deadline on vaccine availability, stating during a CNN town hall that vaccines will be available to all Americans by the end of July of this year.
Biden addressed a small crowd in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and took questions from a small audience of Democrats, Republicans, and independents invited for a small, socially distant gathering at the historic Pabst Theater.
The event began with the CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who hosted the event, asking when ordinary Americans could expect to receive the vaccine, to which Biden replied:
“By the end of July, we will have 600m doses, enough to vaccinate every single American.”
When asked when the nation would be back to normal, he said that by Christmas, “I think we’ll be in a very different circumstance, God willing, than we are today.”
The president also offered his clearest statement yet on school reopenings, predicting that most elementary schools will be open five days a week by the end of his first 100 days in office, but saying it would be tougher for high schools to reopen at the same rate because of the risk of infection.
When he was asked about ex-president Donald Trump he replied:
“For four years, all that's been in the news is Trump, I'm tired of talking about Trump. It's done.”
Later in the event, Biden revealed that his public health experts, particularly Dr. Anthony Fauci, told him to “be careful not to predict things that you don’t know for certain what’s going to happen” because he will “be held accountable.”
Vice President Kamala Harris recently claimed the Biden admin was “starting from scratch” to develop a national vaccine distribution plan because former President Donald Trump left them with nothing. That contradicted comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci, who disputed that contention last month.