Joe Biden’s First Primetime Presidential Address Tops Trump’s in Broadcast Viewers

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Despite those high approval ratings for the pandemic relief plan, the Biden administration is planning a nationwide sales pitch for the plan, with Biden visiting the election battleground state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, with a stop in suburban Philadelphia, while Vice-President Kamala Harris plans stops in California, Colorado and Nevada on Monday and Tuesday, White House officials said.

Biden said hate crimes and harassment against Asian Americans must stop.

Biden said his administration has been working with vaccine manufacturers, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson to manufacture and purchase hundreds of millions of doses of these three safe, effective vaccines.

"While it was different for everyone, we all lost something", Biden said, calling the past year "a collective suffering, a collective sacrifice".

Administration officials said he would deploy 4,000 more troops to help with the vaccine effort, bringing the total number to 6,000.

Biden's address came one year after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 a pandemic.

Making all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1 is one of the most sweeping directives so far from Biden, who has largely left decisions to states to determine how to prioritize people for vaccines.

"At the time that everyone is eligible in May, we will launch with our partners new tools to make it easier for you to find the vaccine and where to get the shot - including a new website that will help you first find the place for you to get vaccinated and the one nearest you", Biden said.

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President Joe Biden said on Thursday he would direct US states to make all adults eligible for the coronavirus vaccine by May 1 and urged Americans in a televised address to stay vigilant against the virus, hours after he signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill into law.

He predicted Americans could safely gather at least in small groups on July the fourth to "make this independence day truly special".

"This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country", Biden said as he signed the bill in the Oval Office. The package provides $400 billion for $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, $350 billion in aid to state and local governments, an expansion of the child tax credit and increased funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

"This is a big moment", Brinkley added.

Nearly exactly one year ago, President Donald Trump addressed the nation to mark the WHO's declaration of a global pandemic. On Wednesday, Congress approved the president's $1.9 trillion "American Rescue Plan", aimed at easing the economic impact of the virus on tens of millions of people.

For Biden, who has promised to level with the American public after the alternate reality of Trump's virus talk, the imperative is to strike the correct balance "between optimism and grief", said Princeton history professor and presidential scholar Julian Zelizer. Trump, it was later revealed, acknowledged that he had been deliberately "playing down" the threat of the virus.

Fifty days into his presidency, Biden is experiencing a polling honeymoon that his predecessor never enjoyed.

Biden's signing of the legislation, which passed without a single Republican vote, had initially been scheduled for Friday, but White House chief of staff Ron Klain said it was moved up after it arrived at the White House on Wednesday night.

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