Biden’s first primetime address on one-year anniversary of COVID-19 shutdown to highlight sacrifices made by Americans

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will deliver his first primetime address on Thursday on the one-year anniversary of the shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The speech, expected to run under 20 minutes, will highlight the sacrifices made by the American people, the more than 500,000 lives lost, and the millions of people whose lives have been changed by the pandemic, a senior White House official said.

President Biden will also speak about how responding to the deadly pandemic has been the greatest operational challenge the country has faced and the work his team has done to rapidly increase the number of vaccinations, vaccinators, and vaccination sites up and running.

In addition, the President will lay out the next steps he will take to get the pandemic under control, level with the American people about what is still required to defeat the virus, and provide a hopeful vision of what is possible if we all come together.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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