Latest remarks by President Biden on the COVID-19 Response and the State of Vaccinations
APRIL 21, 2021 • SPEECHES AND REMARKS
South Court Auditorium
1:45 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everyone.
Back in December, I set a goal of administering 100 million shots — vaccine shots in my first 100 days in office. At the time, some told us that it couldn’t be done, it was awfully ambitious. But we did it in 58 days because of the incredible staff I have.
And so I set a second goal to deliver 200 million shots in my first 100 days in office — a goal unmatched in the world or in prior mass vaccination efforts in American history.
When tomorrow’s vaccine — vaccination numbers come out, it will show that, today, we did it. Today, we hit 200 million shots on the 92nd day in office. Two hundred million shots in 100 days — in under 100 days, actually. It’s an incredible achievement for the nation, and here’s the context:
You know, at the pace we were moving when I took office, it would have taken us more than 220 days — almost seven months — seven and a half months — to reach 200 million shots. Instead of marking this milestone in April, we would not have seen it until early September at the earliest. Follow link to read further: https://bit.ly/336JULU
As President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law today, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said:
"Today, President Biden sent another strong message to America's more than 30 million small business owners negatively impacted by the pandemic: help is here. By signing the PPP Extension Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act into law, the President is providing additional critical relief to the smallest of the small businesses – the mom-and-pop shops that line our Main Streets and keep our local and regional economies going.
"The leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration, working with leaders of the House Small Business Committee, Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez, and Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer, Reps. Carolyn Bourdeaux and Young Kim, and Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Chairman Ben Cardin, and Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Susan Collins, ensured a strong bipartisan vote to extend this critical relief to hard-hit small businesses. More than 8.2 million PPP loans have provided struggling small businesses with the relief they need to keep workers employed and make ends meets during this pandemic. The SBA remains dedicated to reaching the heart and soul of the nation's urban, rural, and low-income communities – the smallest businesses – and removing barriers to access this vital relief."
I just got my second COVID-19 vaccine shot. Now what? The Pfizer shot offers protection from the worst of the virus, but it doesn't offer a return to normal life. Not yet, at least. Click HERE to read more.
2020 has been quite an unusual year. COVID-19 has kept us separated from friends and loved ones and many of us are working from home. This also holds true for the team at Franklin Planning. We’ve had limited face to face meetings with our valued clients during the past 6 months and WE MISS YOU!
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During these uncertain times we're living in, many of our traditional summer activities might not be available to us as we practice social distancing. Fourth of July cook-outs with friends and Fireworks may be cancelled this year. But there are still lots of ways to have fun in your very own backyard. Do you and the kids miss going to the local water park? Click link to get some great ideas on how to turn your backyard into a water park that kids of all ages will enjoy! https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/10-fun-ways-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-water-park-44698#water-balloon-pinata