President Biden told an Ohio City Hall audience on Wednesday evening that he expected the Food and Drug Administration to give final approval for Covid-19 vaccines “soon” as he urged skeptical Americans to get vaccinated and spark a new wave of would stop the pandemic.
Mr Biden said he did not intervene in the decision of government scientists, but pointed to a possible decision by the FDA to give final approval soon for the vaccines, which are currently approved for emergency use. Many medical professionals have pushed for final approval, saying it could help increase vaccine uptake.
“Speaking to the group of scientists we have assembled, more than 20 of them plus others in the field, my expectation is that they will get final approval sometime at the beginning of the school year, late August, early September, October” for the vaccines at the FDA, Mr Biden said.
The president also said he expected children under 12, who are currently ineligible to receive the vaccine, to be approved to receive it on an emergency basis “soon, I believe.”
Mr Biden’s trip to Ohio, where he traveled on Wednesday to talk about what he suggested as the high-paying union jobs his infrastructure plan would create, prompted him to answer questions from members of the public concerned about low vaccination rates in their country. communities.
“This is a simple, basic proposal,” he said. “If you’re vaccinated, you don’t go to the hospital. You will not enter an ICU. And you’re not going to die.”
Biden later exaggerated the vaccine’s efficacy, even though some vaccinated staffers in the West Wing have recently tested positive for the coronavirus. “You won’t get Covid if you have these vaccinations,” he said.
In response to a move by Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier Wednesday to ban two of the former president’s most vocal Republican defenders in Congress from joining a select committee to investigate the January 6 riots in the Capitol, Mr. Biden unequivocally about what happened that day.
“I don’t care if you think I’m Satan reincarnated, the fact is you can’t look at that television and say nothing happened on the 6th,” he said. “You can’t listen to people say this was a peaceful march.”
But while speaking in a red state that Mr. Trump won in the 2020 election as he tries to build support for his infrastructure plans, Mr. Biden kept his criticisms of some of the elected legislators, rather than Republican voters. they got there. .
“I have faith in the American people, I do, to eventually get to the right place,” he said. “Often the Republicans are in the right place.”