Politics Biden urges vaccinations as he addresses town-hall event in Trump-supporting Ohio
Joe Biden Outlines Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccinations in Children
President Biden told a town hall in Ohio when he thought children under the age of 12 would be able to get their shots—subject to scientific data.Speaking at a CNN town hall in Cincinnati on Wednesday, President Biden said the decision would be led by scientific data, but added that he expected the rollout to begin between the end of August and October.
By Andrea Shalal
CINCINNATI (Reuters) -President Joe Biden kicked off his town hall in a Republican-supporting part of Ohio on Wednesday with a plea to skeptical Americans to get vaccinated, as rising COVID-19 cases threaten to undermine the country's economic rebound after the pandemic.
"Look, it's real simple. We have a pandemic for those who haven't gotten a vaccination. It's that basic, that simple. Ten thousand people have recently died. Nine thousand nine hundred and fifty of them, thereabouts, are people who hadn't been vaccinated," Biden said.
Biden’s Spaghetti-at-the-Wall Vaccine Campaign
The play-it-safe approach to inoculating Americans against COVID-19 may cost more lives.You might think that, in his quest to quell the coronavirus, President Joe Biden would be ready to try anything. But there are indeed some things he won’t try, and the reason is a familiar one. Biden’s vaccination drive has the feel of a political campaign that’s targeting the persuadable middle, when what’s really needed is a novel way to reach the proudly irrational. He’s using many of the same tools he employed in 2020: celebrity endorsements and door-to-door contacts, TV ads and the bully pulpit. Fewer and fewer unvaccinated Americans are heeding the message.
White House officials said the event, in a part of Cincinnati that voted strongly for Republican former President Donald Trump last November, would give Biden, a Democrat, a chance to reflect on his first six months in office and appeal directly to Americans to get vaccinated.
Biden's town hall, broadcast on CNN, marks his third visit to the state as COVID-19 cases rise amid a deadly variant, and the White House's vaccination efforts have stalled amid waves of disinformation and skepticism.
Pent-up demand combined with supply-side challenges has pushed up prices for consumer goods, leading to concerns over inflation. The fate of a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal, one of the president's top priorities, is also uncertain in Congress where Democrats hold slim majorities.
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The Cincinnati event gives Biden, sometimes criticized for his wooden delivery when reading remarks from a teleprompter, a chance to speak directly to Americans about his economic proposals and to try to persuade the unvaccinated to get shots.
He will highlight his plans to replace aging and dangerous infrastructure, a topic that resonates heavily in Cincinnati, where the Brent Spence Bridge is often shut to traffic.
Experts say the bridge has been rated as "functionally obsolete" by federal standards since the 1990s, and often carries up to twice as many vehicles as it was designed for.
Biden expressed optimism that Congress would move forward with the bipartisan infrastructure package during a stop at a union training facility in Cincinnati before the town hall.
"Yes, we will," Biden said when asked if he would get an infrastructure deal.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Jarrett Renshaw; Editing by Heather Timmons and Peter Cooney)
Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions .
Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his minions recognize the Trump-to-Biden policy continuity — and they don’t like it.In surprising ways, most of the Biden national security team is following the basic thrust of Trump administration China policies. Though the Biden roster includes personnel who served during the 16 Bill Clinton and Barack Obama years, the policies Beijing complains about were put in place during the single Donald Trump term.