President Biden signs Covid Relief Plan, speaks to nation: Darcy cartoon


Biden says his administration will also roll out a new website and 1-800 number created to help people find a vaccination location and secure an appointment.

Biden also plans to announce more support for schools and invest in screening testing to help schools reopen and protect settings like homeless shelters and prisons, the official said. The last holiday with extended family.

The now administering over 2 million vaccines per day, and manufacturing scale-ups from the manufacturers of the three now authorized for use - two-dose regimens made by Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech partnership, and a one-dose vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson - mean that number will likely grow in the coming weeks and months.

Earlier in the day, Biden signed the American Rescue Plan, created to be a financial bridge to hard-hit Americans and a boost to the economy, in the Oval Office with Vice President Kamala Harris at his side.

"Let me be clear, that doesn't mean everyone's going to have that shot immediately, but it means you'll be able to get in line beginning May 1", he said.

A woman receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at Hartford Hospital in Hartford Connecticut
A woman receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at Hartford Hospital in Hartford Connecticut

Kelly Nagel, an accountant with Innovative Tax & Accounting Solutions, warned the news station that Americans would need to be patient with receiving their tax refunds, because the system is already backed up because of COVID-19, and the new bill, which not only provides stimulus payments but also allows for unemployment benefits to remain untaxed, could clog things further with filed amendments as well.

"But I'll tell you the truth, July 4th with your loved ones in the goal".

Biden will hit the road next week to promote the package in a nationwide tour. Republicans in both chambers opposed the legislation unanimously, characterizing it as bloated, crammed with liberal policies and heedless of signs the crises are easing.

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.

During a speech marking the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, the President committed to directing all states to open Covid-19 vaccinations to all adults by May 1.

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At the same time, the president said the fight against COVID-19 is "far from over" and added that restrictions could be reimposed if there is a surge in cases.

The new directive comes as part of a broader strategy that included increasing the number of vaccine sites and active-duty troops supporting the vaccination campaign. "We faced and overcame one of the toughest and darkest periods in this nation's history", he said.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released initial guidance for how vaccinated people can resume some normal activities.

The speech will take place just hours after the president signed a $1.9tn (£1.4tn) economic relief bill that marks an early legislative victory for his administration.

Biden signed the measure, created to bring relief to Americans and boost the economy, with Vice President Kamala Harris at his side in the Oval Office. One year ago, on March 12, 2020, Trump delivered an address from the Oval Office acknowledging the threat and announced new travel restrictions on much of Europe.

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Biden also encouraged Americans to keep up mitigation efforts - wearing masks, keeping social distance and practising good hygiene - to stop the virus and its variants from spreading.

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