In his first primetime speech on Thursday night, President Biden acknowledged the losses the country is reeling from one year into the COVID-19 pandemic while expressing optimism about the steps his administration has taken to move the country towards a sense of normalcy.
After expressing his condolences for the lives lost amid the pandemic, Biden outlined the steps that remain to get the disease under control and his vision for what the looks like in the coming months.
The President announced that all American adults will be eligible for the vaccine by May 1 and that his administration has set a goal of the country gaining “independence” from COVID-19 by July 4. Biden stressed that the ability to have small gatherings in time for Independence Day depends upon the public doing its part by continuing to adhere to mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of the coronavirus — and that Americans get vaccinated as soon as they can.
Biden also said that the public can expect further guidance from the CDC “in the coming weeks” about what Americans can do once fully vaccinated.
Read our live coverage of the speech below.