President Biden on Thursday will address Americans on the next steps he and his administration will take to combat the coronavirus, the worst pandemic to sweep the globe in a century.
The president’s speech, where he’s expected to detail a six-pronged strategy, comes amid a surge this summer in COVID-19 cases due to the swift spread across the U. S. of the highly infectious delta variant.
Biden’s speech will also take place as his administration works to convince more Americans to get vaccinated against the virus, and with pressure increasing for vaccines to be authorized for children younger than 12 following outbreaks in schools. The U. S. has recorded roughly 650,000 COVID-19 deaths since early last year, with the nation last week topping 40 million coronavirus cases. The U.S. leads the world in both COVID-19 cases and deaths.
“On Thursday the president will speak to the American people about his robust plan to stop the spread of the delta variant and boost vaccinations. As the president has said since day 1, his administration will pull every lever to get the pandemic under control,” a White House official said on Tuesday. “On Thursday, the president will lay out a six pronged strategy that will help us do just that, working across the public and private sectors.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, speaking with reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday, said more details about the plan would be forthcoming. Asked about more mandates from the administration, Psaki acknowledged that the federal government cannot mandate that Americans take COVID-19 vaccination shots.
But she added, “We need to continue to take more steps to make sure school districts are prepared and make sure communities across the country are prepared.”
The president’s COVID-19 address also comes as Biden’s standing among Americans is taking a hit, partially … (Read more)