President BidenJoe Biden Joe Biden’s Surprising Presidency The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden, McConnell Agree on Vaccines, Clash over Infrastructure Republican Fight for MLB Intensifies MORE carefully raises expectations for the spread of the coronavirus vaccine and announces on Tuesday that all adults will be eligible to receive a dose for the next two weeks and that the “vast majority”
The White House has been diligent in setting achievable targets for Biden’s response to the coronavirus, which has enabled the president to subsequently exceed or raise expectations.
After initially pushing states to make all adults eligible to receive vaccines by May 1, Biden announced Tuesday that all adults would be able to sign up to receive a dose by April 19. Several states had already made anyone over the age of 16 eligible to receive a vaccine, while others had made plans to vaccinate all adults on April 19 or before.
Biden also announced that the United States has administered more than 150 million doses of vaccine since taking office, far exceeding the original target of 100 million doses in the first 100 days, which Biden has since doubled.
“The way Biden has functioned on a political level is to underpromise and outperform. He wants to set modest and reasonable expectations and then try his best to exceed those expectations, ”said Lawrence Gostin, a global professor of health law at Georgetown University. “I think it’s wise from the public perspective because it keeps people in mind that we need to continue to be careful … and that we need to be patient and wait for our turn.”
Opinion polls consistently show that a large majority of the public approves of Biden’s handling of coronavirus – a topic that many Americans remember. Democrats are likely to bring home the announcement that they provided vaccines and financial relief to increase their chances in the 2022 midterm elections.
“It sets the tone for everything,” Josh Schwerin, a Democratic strategist, said of the virus response. “The pandemic is the most important issue for voters everywhere, and it is across party lines and any demographic division, it will always be the biggest issue. Handling it well is the most important thing Biden can do. That doesn’t mean he can just sit back and relax and do nothing else, but it definitely sets the tone for the rest of his first term and midterm elections. ”
The Biden administration faces real challenges ahead as new variants and a new increase in coronavirus cases threaten progress. Officials are also struggling to vaccinate Americans who are hesitant to take the vaccine, including some in minority communities and Republicans.
Biden made the confrontation of the pandemic a central focus of his successful presidential campaign and has spent his first 75 days in office focusing on addressing coronavirus.
The Biden administration has worked to accelerate the production and delivery of vaccines approved in the United States, two of which were approved under the Trump administration and one under the Biden, and is working with states and local officials to expand access to them. The White House says there will be enough vaccines for all Americans by the end of May.
“Even when we move at the record speed we are moving at, we are not even halfway through vaccinating over 300 million Americans,” Biden said Tuesday, stressing continued vigilance against the virus. “This will take time.”
The bid’s approach to setting lower expectations is different from the previous one President TrumpDonald Trump Joe Biden’s Surprising Presidency The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden, McConnell Agrees on Vaccines, Clashes over Infrastructure Republican Fight with MLB Intensifies MORE, who regularly set high goals related to the virus that were not met. For example, Trump, who has demanded credit for the vaccines, predicted that one could be delivered before election day.
“The most important thing is not rhetorical. It is that people can actually see and feel a difference in their lives, ”Schwerin said.
The White House hopes the new April 19 target will provide clarity and enable a faster pace of vaccinations, White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money: Manchin Says He Won’t Support Corporate Tax Rise to 28 Percent | Yellen calls for global minimum corporate tax War over voting legislation further corrodes confidence in election Easter Bunny visits surprise White House briefing MORE told reporters Tuesday, though officials have pointed out to stress that qualified Americans should not expect to receive a dose on April 19.
The White House is also very aware of highly contagious coronavirus variants circulating in the United States, against which the most powerful weapons are the vaccines.
“The overall theme here is that there is a recognition that we are in a race, a race between the vaccines and the variants,” said Anand Parekh, chief medical adviser at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “The way out of this is to vaccinate the American public as quickly as possible.”
Biden and his team encounter obstacles to persuade all American adults to receive the vaccine with data showing hesitation among ethnic and racial minority groups and also Republicans.
“It is one thing to achieve universal eligibility for vaccines. It’s a whole other thing to achieve universal coverage of vaccines, and I think this is where his weakness is. This is where America’s vulnerability is, ”Gostin said. “We have to cheer that everyone is eligible, but we can not pat ourselves on the back because the real goal is herd immunity, and we can not get to that unless people actually show up and get the vaccine.”
The Biden administration uses approx. $ 10 billion on the coronavirus assistance plan to expand access to the vaccine through community health centers and increase vaccine intake through support for door-to-door outreach plans.
In early April, the administration announced a broad network of 275 organizations – including sports leagues, business and faith groups – involved in a grassroots effort to build public confidence about the vaccines.
And with the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue plan adopted, the administration wants to do more to address the negative economic impact the virus has had on U.S. families and businesses.
“The answer to the virus is concern # 1 for voters. It was in the election in 2020, it will be in the election in 2022 and probably also in 2024, “said Zac Petkanas, a former senior assistant for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Will Ocasio-Cortez challenge Biden or Harris in 2024? What G. Gordon Liddy Taught Me About Civil Disagreement Hillary Clinton: Filibuster Should Be Promised for Voting Law MORE. “There is a huge political imperative for the Democrats not only to get the health aspects of the reaction to the virus right, but also to get the economic response right.”