According to the president, this will bring closer the day when Americans will celebrate the holidays together.
“We share the sentiments of Pope Francis, who said that vaccination is a moral duty that can save your life and the lives of others,” the president said in an Easter video message posted on Twitter.
“By vaccinating and encouraging vaccination in your parishes and your communities, we can not only defeat the virus, but we can also bring the day closer when we can celebrate the holidays together,” he added.
As of Friday, 40 percent of American adults had received at least one dose of the vaccine. The total number of doses administered exceeded 100 million, which was Biden’s original goal for vaccination.
Later, he set a new goal – to bring this figure to 200 million doses in the first 100 days in office.
In his address, Biden told Americans that he understands that “many still have to do without the usual comfort of the holiday season.”
“The virus has not disappeared, and many of us still feel longing and loneliness,” the president said. “For the second year in a row, most will be separated from their families, friends, and church communities, which fill us with joy.”
“And yet, the light in the darkness shines, and the darkness has not embraced it, “the president continued.
The First Lady reminded Americans that the situation is improving.
“Today, as spring returns, we see hope all around us,” Biden said.
“Families are getting the financial help they need to catch their breath,” the first lady added. – More and more Americans are getting life-saving vaccines.”
While the Bidens urged Americans to get vaccinated, the top US infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned of an “alarming spike” in the incidence of COVID-19, with more than 60,000 new cases reported on Saturday alone.
“It won’t last forever,” Fauci said.
“Redouble your efforts, hold out a little longer, and vaccinating people in this country will overcome the surge of the virus,” he said.
“The vaccine will win, “Fauci said, adding that it “won’t be easy.”
Instead of the traditional Easter egg roll celebration at the White House, the president is expected to deliver an Easter-themed speech on Monday.