President Biden told an Ohio town hall audience Wednesday night that he expected the Food and Drug Administration to “quickly” give final approval for Covid-19 vaccines as he urged skeptical Americans to get vaccinated and another spike stop the pandemic.
Mr Biden said he did not interfere with the government scientists’ decision but pointed to a possible decision by the FDA to give final approval for the vaccines that are currently approved for emergency use. Many health professionals have pushed for final approval, saying it could help increase vaccine uptake.
“My expectation in speaking with the group of scientists we’ve put together, over 20 and others in the field, is that they’ll get final approval for the vaccines at some point, maybe early in the school year, late August, early September, October obtained at the FDA, said Mr Biden.
The president also said he expects children under the age of 12 who are not currently eligible for the vaccine to be admitted to “soon I believe” in an emergency.
The President’s comments at City Hall came as the spread of the Delta variant led to a national surge in coronavirus cases. Last week, an average of around 41,300 cases were reported daily across the country, a 171 percent increase from two weeks ago. The number of reported new deaths rose 42 percent over the past week to an average of 249 per day.
In some states such as Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida, new infections have risen sharply, which has also led to an increase in hospital admissions. Cases are increasing faster in states where vaccination rates are low.
In Ohio, where Mr Biden was traveling on Wednesday to discuss the high-paying union jobs his infrastructure plan would create, the president raised questions from viewers concerned about the low vaccination rates in their communities.
“That’s a simple, basic suggestion,” he said. “If you are vaccinated, you will not be admitted to the hospital. You won’t be in an intensive care unit. And you won’t die. “
Mr Biden later exaggerated the vaccine’s effectiveness, although some vaccinated workers in the west wing recently tested positive for the coronavirus. “You won’t get Covid if you have these vaccinations,” he said.
In response to a move by spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi early Wednesday to prevent two of former President Donald J. Trump’s most vocal Republican defenders in Congress from joining a special committee to investigate the January 6 riots at the Capitol, Biden was unequivocal about it , What? happened that day.
“I don’t care if you think I’m Satan reincarnated, the fact is you can’t watch TV and say nothing happened on the sixth,” he said. “You can’t listen to people who say this was a peaceful march.”
But in a red condition, won by Mr Trump in the 2020 election trying to win support for his infrastructure plans, Mr Biden kept his criticism of some of the elected lawmakers rather than the Republican voters who got them there .
“I have faith in the American people to ultimately get to the right place,” he said. “Republicans are often in the right place.”
Jesus Jiménez contributed to the reporting.