President Biden delivered his latest remarks on Monday.
During his speech, Biden covered several topics, primarily focusing on the latest events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among other things, the President said that the U.S. is steadily approaching the milestone to vaccinate at least 70 percent of Americans with the first vaccine dose by the 4th of July.
Biden announced that the U.S. is expected to surpass the number of 60 percent of Americans receiving at least one vaccine dose on Tuesday.
President Biden also emphasized that the 70 percent milestone has already been achieved in seven U.S. states.
He also stressed that the country is experiencing the lowest number of COVID-19 deaths since April 2020.
The President added that the great success in the vaccination campaign was followed by economic growth ‘faster than any other one in the last 40 years.’
Yet, Biden remained firm that a lot of work is still ahead of the country so that Americans could be safe and the economy could return its vitality.
Distinguishing between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated
The President also touched upon the recent CDC guidelines that permitted fully vaccinated people to return to their ordinary way of living.
Biden underscored that vaccination could most effectively prevent people from getting infected or spreading the disease to others, whereas refusing to get the vaccine might make people ‘pay the price’ of their decision.
Biden said that people should continue wearing masks until they are fully vaccinated if they want to be protected.
He also encouraged Americans to respect those who wish to continue wearing masks even though they received both vaccine doses.
Some commentators voiced their criticism of Biden’s distinction between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.
They pointed out that making such a distinction is manipulative since there are lots of people who developed immunity from the previous infection and, as a result, are protected without vaccination.
Commentators also criticized what they perceived as Biden’s authoritative stance toward Americans skeptical of the vaccine.
They stressed that Biden’s approach might repel people from the vaccination and contribute to the lagging of the vaccination program.
The commentators encouraged the White House to resort to a more honest approach to the benefits and risks of vaccination.