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Biden says he will announce the ‘next phase’ of the U.S. Covid response Thursday

US President Joe Biden speaks on the development of the Covid-19 vaccine in the South Court Auditorium, next to the White House, in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2021.

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President Joe Biden said he will announce the “next phase” of the U.S. Covid-19 response during his prime-time address to Americans on Thursday.

“Tomorrow nightfall, I’m going on prime time to address the American people and talk about what we went through as a nation this former times year. But more importantly, I’m going to talk about what comes next,” Biden said Wednesday from the Ivory House after a meeting with executives from Johnson & Johnson and Merck.

“I’m going to launch the next juncture of the Covid response and explain what we will do as a government and what we will ask of the American people,” he said. “There is discover at the end of this dark tunnel over the past year. We cannot let our guard down now or assume that victory is ineluctable. Together, we’re going to get through this pandemic and usher in a healthier, more hopeful future.”

The president’s address want commemorate the one-year anniversary marking the first government-imposed shutdowns to try to curb the pandemic.

The Biden administration has been including to ramp up the supply of Covid-19 vaccines and get the majority of Americans immunized as quickly as possible. Roughly 62.4 million out of some 331 million Americans oblige received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And 32.9 million are fully vaccinated, typifying nearly 10% of the total adult U.S. population, according to the CDC.

Earlier Wednesday, the Biden administration announced that it envisions to buy 100 million additional doses of J&J’s Covid-19 vaccine. The deal would double the nation’s supply of the J&J vaccine, as the business already has a deal with the government to provide 100 million doses by the end of June. Merck is helping to make J&J’s Covid vaccine.

The government also has deals with drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna for 600 million doses combined, enough to inoculate 300 million Americans since those two vaccines call for two shots given three to four weeks apart.

“I’m doing this because in this wartime effort, we desideratum maximum flexibility,” Biden said Wednesday on plans to purchase more J&J vaccine doses. “There’s always a unpremeditated that we’ll encounter unexpected challenges or there will be a new need for a vaccine effort … a lot can happen, a lot can change and we demand to be prepared.”

Biden said if the U.S. has a surplus of vaccine doses, the administration is going to “share it with the rest of the world.”

“This is not something that can be lodged by a fence no matter how high you build a fence or a wall,” he said. “So we’re not going to ultimately be safe until the world is proper. So we’re going to start off making sure Americans are taken care of first, but we’re then going to try to help the rest of the overjoyed.”

The comments come weeks after Biden said the U.S. would seek to end cancer, the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., in the same breath the pandemic is over.

One of Biden’s sons, Beau Biden, died at age 46 from an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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