Joe Biden Says Getting Vaccinated A ‘Moral Obligation’ In Easter Message; He Earlier Casted Doubt On Vaccine Efficacy
Democratic President Joe Biden is urging Americans to participate in the country’s vaccination program against Covid-19 as he referred to getting inoculated as a “moral obligation” in his Easter Sunday message.
While noting that the “virus is not gone,” Biden sounded optimistic that “light shines in the darkness” in his Easter video — which also contained references to God, Pope Francis and the New Testament, although he made no mention of Jesus.
‘Devout Catholic’ Joe Biden Does Not Mention Jesus Christ at All in His ‘Easter’ Message https://t.co/4iCcaba0uP
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 5, 2021
“We share the sentiments of Pope Francis, who has said that getting vaccinated is a moral obligation, one that can save your life and the lives of others,” the first Catholic president since JFK said.
“By getting vaccinated and encouraging your congregations and your communities to get vaccinated, we not only can beat this virus, we can also hasten the day when we can celebrate the holidays together.”
From our family to yours, we wish you health, hope, joy, and peace. Happy Easter, everyone! pic.twitter.com/3NHPrbFCVt
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 4, 2021
Biden in his message also stressed that the “virus is not gone” and that Americans may continue to suffer from the wide-ranging impact of the coronavirus pandemic — after shattering jobs and businesses over the year — but expressed optimism that just like Easter, there will be “hope” for things to get better.
“As we celebrate this most holy day, we know many are still going without familiar comforts of the season,” the Democratic president said.
“The virus is not gone, and so many of us still feel the longing and loneliness of distance. For a second year, most will be apart from their families, friends, the full congregations that fill us with joy,” he added.
“And yet as the Gospel of John reminds us, the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”
First Lady Jill Biden’s remark for Easter also offered hope for better times.
“The traditions of Holy Week take us on a journey from sorrow to salvation, reminding us that with faith, hope and love, anything is possible,” she said. “We wish you health, hope, joy and the peace of God, which passes all understanding.”
Meanwhile, ahead of his Easter Sunday message, President Biden also tweeted an update about the administration’s vaccination program.
My Administration is working to get America vaccinated as quickly as possible. And this week, we took additional steps to make vaccines more accessible. By April 19, 90% of Americans will live within 5 miles of a place to get a shot.
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 4, 2021
“My Administration is working to get America vaccinated as quickly as possible. And this week, we took additional steps to make vaccines more accessible,” Biden said.
“By April 19, 90% of Americans will live within 5 miles of a place to get a shot.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said more than 100 million Americans have already received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, which translated to about 32% of the country’s adult population.
Before departing the White House on January 20, reports noted that the Trump administration was already on track to meeting the Biden administration’s goal of administering at least 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days of the new administration — with nearly 983,000 shots a day administered on average, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker.
At the onslaught of the coronavirus — which originated in Wuhan, China — President Trump initiated ‘Operation Warp Speed,’ to fast-track the development of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.
Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines were announced to be at least 90% effective in December 2020 — the fastest vaccine developed ever for a novel pathogen in history. Vaccines usually take about five years to be developed.
Trump greets Americans on Easter — including ‘Radical Left”
In his own Easter message to the public, former President Donald Trump made a short but meaningful remark — as he targeted the “radical left” among others.
“Happy Easter to ALL, including the Radical Left CRAZIES who rigged our Presidential Election, and want to destroy our Country!” the former President said in his second Easter statement released by his Save America PAC.
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America:
Happy Easter! pic.twitter.com/VG5KW1Vxam
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) April 4, 2021
His first “Happy Easter” greeting put up on Friday, the 45th president blasted the “fake news media” for referring to his team’s election fraud claims as “baseless, unfounded, unwarranted, etc.”
“Why is it that every time the 2020 ELECTION FRAUD is discussed, the Fake News Media consistently states that such charges are baseless, unfounded, and unwarranted, etc.?” Trump said. “Sadly, there was massive fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election, and many very angry people understand that.”
“With each passing day, and unfortunately for the Radical Left CRAZIES, more and more facts are coming out.”
“Other than that, Happy Easter!”
Democrats earlier sound skepticism over vaccine
Meanwhile, as President Biden called for Americans to get vaccinated, it was ironic how Democrats have earlier publicly announced their skepticism in using the vaccine developed under the leadership of former President Trump.
Then Senator and now Vice President Kamala Harris, for example, said back in September and ahead of the elections that she will not trust President Trump’s word on the vaccine.
NEW: Kamala Harris has cast doubt on the U.S. vaccine development process, saying in a CNN interview that she would be hesitant to take any COVID-19 vaccine released by the Trump administration before the election https://t.co/Ol7j844zcm
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 5, 2020
“Well, I think that’s going to be an issue for all of us. I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he’s talking about.”
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has also said that “the American people have overwhelming doubts” about the Trump administration’s ability to facilitate the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
Even Biden himself repeatedly pushed to “undermine public confidence” on the vaccine. “I’m worried if we do have a really good vaccine, people will be reluctant to take it,” the now president said.
As President Trump was delivering results on the vaccine, Joe Biden was sowing doubt about its efficacy.
Biden in July 2020: “People are already saying, if we get a vaccine I’m not sure I’m going to take it, this guy's lied to us about everything else."pic.twitter.com/XqN14ahMpS
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) March 13, 2021
Biden casting doubt on a future vaccine.
Ok…so…believe science, unless the science agrees with Trump, and then don’t believe the science?
Yeah this isn’t reckless partisan opportunism at all. pic.twitter.com/R5nq7r6JmC
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) September 18, 2020
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