Biden news: President says 90% of adults eligible for vaccine in April as he calls for mask mandates
Biden says he expects to run for second term
Joe Biden announced that 90 per cent of all adults in the United States would be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine within the next three weeks in an initiative to roll out more locations to administer millions more doses by 19 April.
It came as the president called for renewed mask mandates in states that have lifted the pandemic precautions, saying he believed that some states should stop their reopening plans.
“Please, this is not politics, reinstate the mandate if you let it down, and businesses should require masks as well,” Biden said.
As the country marches toward reopening after a year of lockdowns, the White House is looking to create coronavirus “vaccine passports” that would prove holders have been inoculated.
The initiative would see the development of a standard credential for Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in a bid to help reduce the risk of infections as businesses move to re-open at full capacity, with 17 groups and government agencies already working on it, according to The Washington Post.
Meanwhile, Dr Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator under Donald Trump, has suggested in a CNN interview that hundreds of thousands of deaths from the pandemic could have been “mitigated” if the former president had acted differently.
The Biden administration is coordinating an expansive group of private stakeholders and government agencies looking to create and Covid “vaccine passports” that would prove individual holders have been inoculated.
The effort to roll out vaccine passports comes as restaurants, concert venues, sports teams, and other businesses that have been acutely affected by Covid look to re-open at full capacity in the coming months.
Trump administration’s handling of pandemic cost hundreds of thousands of lives, Deborah Birx says
Doctor Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator in the Trump administration, has suggested that hundreds of thousands of people may have died needlessly due to coronavirus as a result of the former president’s handling of the pandemic.
In an interview with CNN as part of an upcoming documentary titled Covid War: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out, Dr Birx said: “I look at it this way: The first time, we have an excuse. There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge.”
Dr Birx, 64, who was a prominent member of the former president’s coronavirus taskforce then added: “All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially.”
Since the pandemic gripped the US in March last year, more than 30.3 million people have been infected with the novel virus, leading to more than 549,000 deaths, the highest death toll of any country in the world.
Lindsey Graham demands Biden ‘apologise’ to border agents
Senator Lindsey Graham has called on Joe Biden to “apologise” to US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents dealing with the surge of unaccompanied migrant children being allowed into the US at the southern border, which has overwhelmed housing and processing facilities.
CBP agents told Mr Graham, who was one of 19 GOP senators to visit the border in Texas this weekend, that they had warned the new administration that allowing unaccompanied children into the country would flood the system, the South Carolina Republican said.
“They were told this. They did this anyway,” Mr Graham said in an interview with Fox News Sunday. “He needs to apologise, President Biden, to the Border Patrol agents and their families for putting them through this.”
Donald Trump Jr calls Biden ‘weak’ in rant against president
Donald Trump Jr has attacked President Joe Biden in a new rant posted on his Twitter late on Sunday, calling him “weak” after twenty Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone.
“Joe Biden is weak and China knows it. That’s why they’re pushing into Taiwanese airspace like never before. Biden’s weakness has emboldened our enemies,” the former president’s oldest son wrote in a caption alongside the four minute video.
Trump crashes wedding at Mar-a-Lago asking: ‘ Do you miss me yet?’
Donald Trump turned up at a wedding at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida over the weekend, lashing out at president Joe Biden and asking the crowd: “Do you miss me yet?”
In a video shared by TMZ, the former president is speaking on a mic while dressed to the nines in black tie and begins picking apart decisions of the Biden administration.
“I get all these splash reports, and they’re telling me about the border, they’re telling me about China, they’re telling me about Iran,” Mr Trump said.
“The border is not good. It’s the worst that it has ever been,” Mr Trump later added. “What’s happening to the kids, they’re living in squalor. They are living like nobody has ever seen. There’s never been anything like this.”
“Do you miss me yet?” the former president asked the reception, which responded with loud cheers.
Fox host blasts White House for being ‘less transparent’ than Trump on border crisis
Fox News’ Chris Wallace has blasted the White House for being ‘less transparent than Donald Trump on the border crisis after he pressed Joe Biden’s press secretary on opening the border facilities to the media to report on conditions.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki promised transparency but declined to provide an exact timeline on when journalists would be allowed to survey the scene.
When Mr Wallace accused Ms Psaki of being less transparent than the Trump administration at the border, she responded: “We are committed to allowing cameras into Border Patrol facilities.”
Louise Hall29 March 2021 11:48
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