October 3, 2022

Biden threatens Americans with extended COVID-19 restrictions if they don’t comply

COVID-19 restrictions could return if Americans become complacent in the fight against the virus, President Joe Biden warned in his first prime time address to mark one year since the coronavirus shut down the nation.

“Because if we don’t stay vigilant and the conditions change, then we may have to reinstate restrictions to get back on track, please, we don’t want to do that again. We’ve made so much progress.”

“This is not the time to let up,” he added. “Just as we were emerging from a dark winter into a hopeful spring and summer is not the time to not stick with the rules.”

The president’s speech announced he will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to all eligible American adults by May 1. He also reported the nation is expected to provide 100 million shots by his 60th day in office, well ahead of his initial goal of 100 million vaccinations by his 100-day mark in office.

Biden’s vaccination update included more warnings than hope. “In the coming weeks, we will issue further guidance on what you can and cannot do once fully vaccinated to lessen the confusion, to keep people safe, and encourage more people to get vaccinated,” he stated.

The president looked ahead to Independence Day, encouraging Americans, “If we do all this, if we do our part, if we do this together, by July the 4, there’s a good chance you, your families, and friends, will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day.”

“That doesn’t mean large events with lots of people together, but it does mean small groups will be able to get together,” he added.

Biden’s plan doesn’t sound like much independence leading into summer, but Americans are increasingly happy for any good news concerning the coronavirus. As the president stated, however, “a lot can happen” as we more forward under the new administration.

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