The U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden shared well-wishes with U.S. people in their joint address celebrating Easter on Sunday. They urged them to receive coronavirus jabs as a moral obligation and continue to follow preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
A video from Biden’s Twitter account said that they share Pope Francis’s sentiments, who said that getting immunized is a moral obligation, one that can save their lives and the lives of others.
The President added by receiving vaccine shots and encouraging their congregations and their communities to get inoculated. They cannot only beat this virus but also haste the day when they can celebrate the national 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
Jill Biden said there is hope all around them and mentioned families receiving financial aid, businesses recovering, and an increase in American people receiving vaccine shots against the coronavirus.
The President’s message comes as medical officials race to inoculate as many US people as possible due to concern over a potential fourth-wave of COVID-19 infections.
On Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been reported administered in a day, setting a new record and bringing the seven-day average to above three million in 24 hours.
According to figures published Sunday by the agency across the nation, about 165M COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. Approximately 32 percent of the population, 106M people, have received at least a single vaccine dose. Also, 18.5 percent of the population, about 61M people, have been fully immunized.
Kamala Harris says there is always a reason for hope
Publishing of CDC data may be delayed, and shots may not have been provided on the day reported.
Joe Biden is the second Catholic President in American history, and weekly Mass is likely to be a fixed part of his schedule. That is a level of devotion to regular religious services not observed from recent U.S. Presidents, who were professed Christians but occasionally appeared in church or worshiped privately while in office.
The President, who is spending the Easter holiday at Camp David with his family, empathized with families across the state who aren’t celebrating together because of the pandemic.
The President said that the virus isn’t gone, so many still feel the longing and loneliness of distance. Moreover, most will be apart from their friends, families, and entire congregations that fill them with joy for a second year. Yet as the Gospel of John reminds them, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it.
Kamala Harris also released a video wishing the nation a happy Easter holiday, saying there is always reason for hope.
About 17 percent American have been fully vaccinated
Harris said that they are celebrating hope and their faith in renewal. Hope in the number of persons now immunized, now safer from this deadly virus. Moreover, hope in the children going back to their schools for the first time in a year. And hope in the grand-parents who can hug their grandchildren for the first time in a year. Also, hope for a brighter coming day for them all.
Moreover, she said that next year, Joe Biden and Jill Biden are looking forward to starting the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll that was canceled once again amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Johns Hopkins University data, there have been almost thirty million positive COVID-19 cases in America. More than 0.554 million U.S. people died from it. So far, according to JHU data, about 56M Americans, or 17 percent, have been fully vaccinated.