President Joe Biden said the United States remains locked in a life-and-death race with the coronavirus pandemic, with cases and deaths increasing in some places, even as he offered fresh hope with news that some 80% of school staff have been vaccinated.
He delivered an update on progress against the disease on Tuesday afternoon and announced he was changing the date for every adult to be eligible from May 1 to April 19.
His televised address followed the pattern of recent speeches, mixing good news with warnings that more needed to be done — or “the straight scoop, straight from the shoulder,” as he put it.
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“Let me be deadly earnest with you: We aren’t at the finish line,” he said. “We still have a lot of work to do.”
“We’re still in a life-and-death race against this virus. Until we get more people vaccinated, we need everyone to wash their hands, socially distance, and