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Analysis: Biden scored a major legislative victory, but now comes the hard part



Opinion: Biden needs to keep his foot on the gas for a full Covid-19 recovery


How stimulus controls enter the bank accounts of Americans, President and First Lady and Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Knight hit the road this week for a “Help is Here” tour, including stops in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado , Georgia and Nevada. They will explain how they will achieve the goals Biden proposed in a speech to the nation last week, including the rating of all American adults eligible for the vaccine on May 1, a move he hopes will be the place for small meetings with friends and family for the fourth of July.
But with ambitious timelines comes at risk. These parameters are now the criteria by which administration will be measured at a precarious time a pandemic which has challenged many predictions and forecasts over the past year.

President Covid-19’s response team said at a briefing Friday that it believes it will have enough vaccine supply for all American adults by the end of May after reaching commitments for 200 million doses of Moderna , An additional 200 million doses from Pfizer and another 100 million doses from Johnson & Johnson.

But Covid-19 White House response coordinator Jeff Zients acknowledged Friday that the administration still has a lot of work to do in expanding the number of vaccination sites and vaccinators to ensure the infrastructure is in place. to vaccinate all Americans who want to get their shots. end of May. The administration has repeatedly stated that it has doubled the amount of vaccine set in the states during the first seven weeks of Biden’s tenure, and now averages about 2.2 million shots a day, but significant challenges remain. .

For starters, the availability of the vaccine does not mean that Americans will receive it.

The number of Americans still hesitant to get the vaccine remains high, although confidence in vaccines has improved. And while the White House is focused on improving vaccine equity, the data show that white Americans continue to be vaccinated at much higher rates than Latinx and black Americans, even though these communities have had a much larger share of cases. An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation earlier this month of available data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention he proved it among people who had received a first dose of vaccine, in cases where data on race and ethnicity were known, two-thirds were white, 9% were Hispanic, 7% were black, and 5% were Asian.

Political complications for Biden in convincing reluctant Americans to get the vaccine also focused more intensely last week with a new CNN poll showing that 28% of Americans said they do not plan to get a vaccine. coronavirus vaccine, compared to 69% who said they would. (or you have already gotten a dose of the vaccine).

Of the 28% who said they did not plan to do so, 46% were Republicans, 32% were independents and 7% were Democrats. Experts generally say that in order for the United States to achieve this herd immunity, should be protected between 70% and 85% of the population.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp highlighted this issue during a news conference Friday after visiting a vaccination clinic in Atlanta where he said hesitation among “white Republicans” remains a concern and suggested expand partnerships between pharmacies and “local churches, civic clubs and others, to continue to increase trust and convince people that, look, that’s right.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that the administration has no concrete plan for outreach to Republicans hesitant to take the vaccine and acknowledged the group will be a challenge to persuade Biden . Former President Donald Trump and his wife Melania received the vaccine at the White House privately in January. Trump did not join other former presidents and his wives participate in a new one public service announcement showing them the vaccine and encouraging Americans to take it.

“We recognize, as a democratic administration with a Democratic president, that we may not be the most effective messenger to communicate with former president supporters. And we need to have a clear view of that,” Psaki said. that doctors, medical experts, and community leaders might be better suited to persuade this population.

Republicans are trying to reform the narrative about Covid’s relief bill

Biden stated at last week’s signing ceremony that his big relief bill, his administration’s first big win, was “just the beginning.”

And while many aspects of the bill are widely popular with the public, Biden’s plan to sell it on the road this week stems in part from what he considers the Obama administration’s failure to gain lasting public support. of the 2009 stimulus package that was passed after the 2008 economic collapse. (Obama took advantage of Biden to implement this bill).

Not a single Republican supported Biden’s package in either the House or the Senate, and many Republican lawmakers have branded him as too big, too expensive, and too disgusting in his spending, despite expressing support for certain provisions after it was approved. Others have argued that this level of economic stimulus is no longer necessary to make the economy roar again.

Ahead of Biden’s first prime-time speech Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the U.S. economy is on the road to recovery not because of the relief bill. but because of the “five historic bipartisan accounts” approved last year “to save our health care system, protect our economic bases and fund Operation Warp Speed ​​to find vaccines.”

“The American people already built a parade toward victory,” McConnell said. “Democrats just want to run in front of the parade and claim credit.”

But for Biden, this week’s trip is more than selling his first major legislative victory. It is part of his effort to rebuild Americans ’confidence in government and their ability to help the average people after four years in which Trump continually undermined government institutions.

If Americans buy that tone in this highly partisan climate it will go a long way in determining Biden’s success in the Oval Office.

In his first-ever speech, Biden promised to tell Americans if aspects of his stimulus legislation are short and extended that message Friday in the Rose Garden.

“It’s one thing to approve the American rescue plan. It’s another thing to implement it,” the president said.

“Rigorous supervision will be required to ensure that there is no waste or fraud, and the law does what it is designed to do … We need to get it right. The details are important, because we need to continue to build trust in the United States people whose government can work for them and deliver them “