Coronavirus News Update – March 12: Biden Speaks of a ‘Return to Normalcy’ by 4th of July

Presidents Carter, Bush, Clinton, Obama Make PSA Supporting Vaccinations

By Jesse Sokolow on 12 March 2021
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Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

President Joseph  Biden pledged yesterday that all adults in the United States would be eligible for coronavirus vaccines by May 1, as he addressed the nation on the one year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic. In his speech, Biden outlined plans to speed up vaccinations around the country and said hoped for a return to normalcy by the 4th of July.

Meanwhile, there are over 119.2 million people coronavirus worldwide as of Friday morning, and the death toll from the virus is over than 2.6 million, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such data.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered more than 335.3 million doses, the equivalent of 4.4 doses for every 100 people.

Approximately 64 million people in the United States, or roughly 24.4% of the population, have received at least one dose, including 32.9 million, or 12.9% of the population, who have received both doses.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden signed the Covid relief bill into law, triggering, among other things, a $1,400 stimulus check for millions of Americans. The president signed the bill hours before he went on to address the nation, his first prime-time address since taking office in January.

Underscoring the message for the need to get everyone vaccinated, four of the past five living presidents, including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, came together to create a PSA for Americans, in which they urged the public to get vaccinated so that the country can return to the way things were prior to the pandemic.

The European Union’s European Medicines Agency approved the Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot Jannsen vaccine on Thursday. The move means that the Jannsen vaccine will now soon be widely available throughout Continent. The Jannsen vaccine is the fourth to be approved in the bloc, after BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna. The European Union has already placed an order for 100 million doses of the Jannsen vaccine.

In San Francisco, three women were caught on dashboard camera assaulting, coughing on, and tearing the mask off of an Uber driver. The footage shows the three women shouting and hurling expletives at their driver, a Nepali immigrant, after he asked one of the passengers to put on a mask. In mocking fashion, one of the women coughed on him whilst yelling, while another shouted and laughed that she had the coronavirus.

Anna Breuer contributed to this story.

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