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Pandemic goes on for the unvaccinated, Biden tells Trump-area town hall

Economic IndicatorsJul 21, 2021 11:00PM ET
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By Andrea Shalal and Jarrett Renshaw

CINCINNATI (Reuters) -President Joe Biden pleaded with Americans on Wednesday to get vaccinated, as rising COVID-19 cases threaten to undermine progress against the pandemic and slow the country's economic rebound.

"Look, it's real simple. We have a pandemic for those who haven't gotten a vaccination. It's that basic, that simple," Biden said at a town-hall event in Ohio that was broadcast on CNN.

"Ten thousand people have recently died. Nine thousand nine hundred and fifty of them, thereabouts, are people who hadn't been vaccinated," he said.

Biden fielded roughly a dozen questions from Democrats and Republicans about the economy and crime, infrastructure and the filibuster, in a Cincinnati district that Trump won by a heavy margin. The entire audience was vaccinated, the news network noted.

Swiftly rising coronavirus cases across the United States and abroad have fueled fears of a resurgent pandemic and rattled stock markets as the highly contagious Delta variant appears to be taking hold.

Many of the new U.S. outbreaks are in parts of the country where COVID-19 vaccinations have lagged. The White House's vaccination efforts have met waves of disinformation and skepticism.

Biden expressed optimism that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may approve new vaccines for children under 12 as soon as the end of August, ahead of previous estimates.

"My expectation talking to the group of scientists we put together ... is that sometime maybe in the beginning of the school year, at the end of August, beginning of September, October, they'll get a final approval," Biden said.

He also said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would likely issue guidance encouraging children who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus to wear masks in schools.

INFRASTRUCTURE, INFLATION

Biden that the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal he struck last month will eventually get passed because Republicans will stick to the bargain.

The fate of the deal, one of the president's top priorities, is uncertain in Congress where Democrats hold slim majorities.

"You had up to 20 Republicans sign the letter saying we think we need this deal. We think we need this deal. ... I come from a tradition in the Senate, you shake your hand, that's it," said Biden, a longtime senator.

He said concerns about inflation, as pent-up demand combined with supply-side challenges pushes up prices for consumer goods, were temporary.

"The vast majority of the experts, including Wall Street, are suggesting that it's highly unlikely that it's going to be long-term inflation that's going to get out of hand," Biden said.

Asked by the host, Don Lemon, why he wanted to protect the filibuster, which requires 60 senators to advance certain bills in Congress, Biden said he thought repealing it would throw the "entire Congress into chaos and nothing will get done."

Voter turnout is going to overcome the impact of a wave voting restrictions, Biden seemed to suggest, saying "More people voted last time than any time in American history in the middle of the worst pandemic in history...They're going to show up again."

No matter the party, there is only one way to view the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by Trump supporters, he added.

"I don't care if you think I'm Satan reincarnated, the fact is you can't look at that television and say nothing happened on the 6th" of January, Biden said. "You can't listen to people who say this was a peaceful march."

Biden also promised the crowd - to some of the loudest applause of that night - that he would "fix that damn bridge of yours," a reference to the local Brent Spence bridge that his two predecessors had also pledged without success to repair.

Pandemic goes on for the unvaccinated, Biden tells Trump-area town hall
 

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Frederick Chotsky
Chotsky Jul 23, 2021 11:42AM ET
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Biden was quoted as saying, "I opposed the vaccines before I supported the vaccines! Badakathcare, you lying dog faced pony soldier! We're gonna put ya'll back in chains!"
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Forex Harbingers Jul 22, 2021 11:05AM ET
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Biden deciphered. "If you all dont listen and get vaccinated, we will crash the market again and ruin your financial lives more than we already have."
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jul 22, 2021 1:24AM ET
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“and the question is whether or not we should be in a position where are why can’t the experts say we know that this virus is in fact we know it’s going to be or excuse me, we know why the all the drugs approved are not temporarily approved and but permanently approved, that’s underway too.”- Joe Biden
Mike Caldera
Mike Caldera Jul 21, 2021 9:50PM ET
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This is the same guy that thinks adding 6 trillion dollars going to reduce inflation.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jul 21, 2021 9:50PM ET
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Obama - 873 counties; 19 BWs; win house seats; 69M v.o,t.e,s. Trump - 2497 counties; 18 BWs; win house seats; 74M v.o,t.e,s. Biden - 509 counties (lol); 1 BW (lol); lose house seats (lol); 81M v.o,t.e,s ("BSOD").
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 21, 2021 9:50PM ET
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is he any worse than The Donald who promised to eliminated national debt (not federal budget deficit, but the national debt) in 8 years?
Frederick Chotsky
Chotsky Jul 21, 2021 9:50PM ET
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Good strategy Tre, distract from the issue by using whataboutism.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jul 21, 2021 9:36PM ET
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why do you keep suppressing the 22 effective meds against Covid and its 750 clinical studies with over 500k patients treated - c19early.com ? If you have a case counting platform, why haven't you set a worldwide effective treatment platform with ALL effective treatments against Covid and all clinical, medical and scientific teams conducting intensive studies behind each and every one of those? Because this was never about treating people for Covid.
Jozef Drozd
Jozef Drozd Jul 21, 2021 9:36PM ET
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.If that sl.b takes 144 jabs of that genetic experimental vax and survives I may think abot it, but  only think , nothing else .
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jul 21, 2021 9:36PM ET
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Aye, i can only imagine your body producing the spike protein 24/7 for the rest of your life will put such a strain on your immune system it will take out a decade or more of your life expectancy... at least.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 21, 2021 9:36PM ET
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"the 22 effective meds against Covid"  -- did that include hydroxichloriquin?  because that didn't prevent The Donald from getting Covid......
Red Riley
Red Riley Jul 21, 2021 8:47PM ET
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why don't you go to the border
Tre Hsi
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what's at the US Canadian border???
 
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