COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 900,000 Americans, according to the president. “Each soul is one-of-a-kind.”
“I realize that the emotional, physical, and psychological weight of this pandemic has been tremendously tough to bear after nearly two years,” Biden remarked. “I know how it feels to look around the kitchen table and see an empty chair. But I also know that we have an extraordinary power inside ourselves to not just recover from our losses but also to band together to protect one another.”
“Vaccines and boosters have proven incredibly effective, and offer the highest level of protection,” the president said. “Two hundred and fifty million Americans have stepped up to protect themselves, their families, and their communities by getting at least one shot and we have saved more than one million American lives as a result.”
Over the past six weeks, states with low vaccination rates have experienced the biggest share of Covid deaths, according to sources.
“We can save even more lives and spare countless families from the deepest pain imaginable if everybody does their part,” Biden said.
At least 100,000 deaths have been reported nationwide since Dec.13. During that period, Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania have had the largest number of deaths when adjusted for population.
Of these states, Pennsylvania is the only one to have fully vaccinated more than 60 percent of its population. “Fully vaccinated” means that at least two weeks have passed since a person received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
“I urge all Americans: get vaccinated, get your kids vaccinated, and get your booster shot if you are eligible. It’s free, easy, and effective and it can save your life, and the lives of those you love,” Biden said.