Biden unveils COVID-19 vaccine pact

Merck & Co. will help produce Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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Like to make two. Key announcements today related to our coup in nineteen vaccination effort. As you know a few days ago after rigorous. Opening. Opened an objective scientific review process. The Food and Drug Administration. Issued an emergency you saucer authorization. Four of the Johnson & Johnson cove in nineteen vaccine. We should all be encouraged by this news in the third safe and highly effective October 19 acts he. The more people get vaccinated. The faster we're going to overcome this virus. You get back to our loved ones get our economy back on track and start to move back to normal. But that's one of the mind first goals in office was when I got in office who's to say that. Who will be a hundred million vaccination shots administered in my first 100 days in office. We've got halfway to that goal with 37 days and I feel confident we'll make an all the way. As I and as I've said. We have a long way to go but. You know as I said to douse it reviews every resource. From the federal government to make it happen. A lot of things I learned when I came in office was that Johnson & Johnson. Was behind in manufacturing and production. We have particular we had the potential. And are highly effective vaccine. To accompanied it to existing vaccines. It simply wasn't coming fast enough. So my team. My team has been hard at work to accelerate that effort. As I've always said this is a wartime effort. And every action has been on the table including putting together breakthrough approaches and today. We're announcing a major step forward. Two of the largest health care and pharmaceutical companies in the world. That are usually competitors. Are working together on the vaccine. Johnson and Johnson and Merck. We'll work together to expand the production of Johnson and Johnson's vaccine. This a type of collaboration between companies we saw in World War II. We also invoked in defense production act. To quip to Merck facilities. To the standards necessary. To safely manufacture the JJ vaccine. Where the urgent assistance of my administration. Johnson & Johnson. Is also taking additional new actions to safety accelerate facts he production. Johnson and Johnson's vaccine manufacturing facilities will now begin to operate 24/7. In addition. We'll continue to use the defense production act to expedite critical materials. In vaccine production such as equipment. Machinery and supplies. I've also asked the department offense to provide deadly disease logistical support to strengthen Johnson and Johnson's efforts. I want to thank Johnson and Johnson and Merck for stepping up and being good corporate citizens during this national crisis. There's all this means. We're now on track have enough vaccine supply. For every adult in America by the end of bank. Me say it again. When we came in office. The prior administration. Had contracted. For not nearly enough vaccine to cover adults in America. We rectified that about three weeks ago were able to say they'll have enough vaccine supply for adults by the end of July. I'm pleased to announce today as a consequence of the stepped up process. That I've ordered and just outlined this country will have enough vaccine supply have safe again for every adult in America. By the end of may. I think LeMay. That's progress report progress. But it's not enough as a vaccine supply. We need facts and Reuters people to put the shots in people's arms. Millions of American jobs today. We brought back retired doctors and nurses. We developed but deployed more than 1500. Federal medical personnel. He usually see during national disasters. From the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA. And the commissioned health corps at the department of health and human services and the Defense Department. Including the National Guard. With thousands more to come. We're also increasing the places where people can get vaccinated. We sat. On millions of vaccines. To over 7000. Pharmacy. It's to make it easier folks to get their cove in nineteen vaccine shot like they with the flu shot. The federal government is also working with states to set up. Hundreds of mass vaccination centers in places like stadiums. Community center's parking lots. That. Facts and eight thousands of people per day. My wife Jill and I just visited want to use them last week it's incredible. To this increased production. Of three safe and effective vaccines. We have an opportunity help address the urgent national need more quickly. And getting our schools back open safely. Right now. An entire generation of young people is on the brink can be set back a year mourn their money you can ask millions of parents to understand. We're already seen rising mental health concerns do impart to isolation. Educational disparities annoys exists or grow wider each day. Our schools remain closed to remote learning isn't the same for every student ritual known. Our educators are doing everything they can to protect and educators students despite the lack of resources. And his district faced budget crises that risk education jobs. Moms and dads. Are exceeding the workforce is astonishing numbers in order to care for it managed the school experience for their children home. Hindering their own opportunities for for and further undermining health of our economy. This is a national imperative that we get our kids back into the classroom safely and as soon as possible. As you go back in December. I set a goal for having a majority of our K through eight school's open by the end of my first 100 days as president. To achieve that goal. I sense the American rescue plan congress. Provide vital help to makes your schools can open safely reopened safely. Essential things like more teachers to reduce class size. More buses and bus drivers to transport our kids safely. And more space to conduct in person instructions are more protective equipment. School please services physical alterations to reduce the risk the spread of the virus. All cost money. House passed the American rescue plan last week and I hope the senate will follow as quickly and as well. You know also the center for disease control and prevention CDC. Issued new guidelines how to reap what real art school safely. It's a road map that won't enable schools if they have the resources. They deserve to reopen safely. I have given those schools a road map. I've asked congress to give them the tools. And today. And one more tool to school reopening. Of vaccinated workforce. That may be clear. We can reopen schools. If the right steps are taking even before employees. Are vaccinated. But time and again we've heard from educators repairs. That have anxieties about. So as yet another move to help accelerate to say for your opener schools let's treat in personal Marty like an essential service that it is. And that b.s getting essential workers. Provide that service educators school staff. Child care workers get them vaccinated would be there are essential workers. Over thirty states have already taken a step to priority and prioritize educators. For vaccination. And today. I'm using the full authority to federal government. I didn't directly every state to do the same. My challenge to all states territories the district of Columbia's this. We want every educator and school staff member child care worker to receive at least warned shot. By the end of the month of march. Helped make this happen. Starting next week in from month to month of march will be using our federal pharmacy program TARP to prioritize the vaccination. Pre K through twelve educators and staff and child care workers. Throughout march. There will be able to sign up for an appointment and a farmer senior. I wanna be very clear not every educator will be able to get her appointment in the first week. What are girl goal is to do everything we can't help every educator receive a shot this month the month of march. I want to conclude with this we're making progress. From the mess we inherited. From movie in the right direction. It today's announcements. Are huge step and our effort to beat this pandemic. I have to be honest with this fight is far from over torture be straight up we do from the beginning. As I said many times. Things may get worse again as new variant spread and as we face setbacks. Like recent winter storms in the midwest and south. An artist racial never take this public health threat lightly. Though we celebrate the news in the third vaccine urge all Americans. Please keep washing your hands. Stay socially distance. Where. Max keep pouring. Get vaccinated when it's your turn. Now's not the time let out. I've asked the country to Wear masks for my first 100 days in office. Now's not the time to let our guard down. People's lives are at stake. We've already. We've already that carries my pocket lost more as of today. We've lost more than 5111839. Americans as of today. It's kind of stuff. He the United States senate to follow the house passed the American rescue plan. He's despite the optimism. Without new resources. Our entire effort will be set back. We need to resource is the American rescue pan and we needed urgently. We need an expanding testing. Ramp of vaccine distribution. Fund FEMA and other federal vaccine efforts to continue reimburses states for their efforts. We need to resource is an expansion comic sequencing. To stay ahead emerging variants. Find the protective gear. Transportation staff is another cost. Required for school of business is open safe are we need to find it. The bottom line is we need the American rescue plan now that. There is laid at the end of the tunnel. When we cannot let our guard down now or assure the victory is inevitable. We can assume that. We must remain vigilant. Act fast and aggressively look out for one. That's our gonna get ahead of this virus. Get our economy going again and get back to our loved us. So thank you please. Please it's not over yet great news. But stay vigilant. May god bless you may god protect our troops thank you all very very much.

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