“…if [YOU] don’t… then we may have to reinstate restrictions…”, President Joe Biden
Factcheck: You don’t need the president’s permission to get together with your friends and family.
The flashpoint for Fauci’s missteps has been his feud with Sen. Rand Paul, who said that Fauci owes an apology to “every single parent and school-age child in America” for resisting calls for students to go back to school and then reversing that position on Sunday.
And finally, fifth, and maybe most importantly, I promise I will do everything in my power. I will not relent until we beat this virus. But I need you, the American people, I need you. I need every American to do their part. That’s not hyperbole, I need you.
I need you to get vaccinated when it’s your turn and when you can find an opportunity and to help your family, your friends, your neighbors get vaccinated as well. Because here’s the point. If we do all this, if we do our part, we do this together, by July the 4th, there’s a good chance you, your families and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout and a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day.
That doesn’t mean large events with lots of people together, but it does mean small groups will be able to get together. After this long, hard year that will make this Independence Day something truly special where we not only mark our independence as a nation, but we began to mark our independence from this virus. But to get there, we can’t let our guard down. This fight is far from over. As I told the woman in Pennsylvania, I’ll tell you the truth.
On July 4th with your loved ones is the goal. But a goal — a lot can happen. Conditions can change. The scientists have made clear that things may get worse again as new variants of the virus spread. We’ve got work to do to ensure that everyone has confidence and the safety and effectiveness of all three vaccines.
So my message to you is this. Listen to Dr. Fauci, one of the most distinguished and trusted voices in the world. He’s assured us the vaccines are safe. They underwent rigorous scientific review. I know they’re safe. Vice President Harris and I know they’re safe. That’s why we got the vaccine publicly in front of cameras so, for the world to see so you get to see us do it. The first lady and the second gentleman also got vaccinated.
Talk to your family, friends, your neighbors, the people you know best who have gotten the vaccine. We need everyone to get vaccinated. We need everyone to keep washing their hands, stay socially distanced, and keep wearing the mask as recommended by the CDC, because even if we devote every resource we have, beating this virus and getting back to normal depends on national unity.
And national unity isn’t just how politics and politicians vote in Washington and what the loudest voices are saying on cable or online. Unity is what we do together as fellow Americans, because if we don’t stay vigilant and the conditions change, then we may have to reinstate restrictions to get back on track. And please, we don’t want to do that again. We’ve made so much progress. This is not the time to let up. Just as we were emerging from a dark winter into a hopeful spring and summer is not the time to not stick with the rules.
Biden publicly stated he did not trust the vaccine that Trump was working on in his basement in Mar-a-Lago.
September 29, 2020 – “In terms of the whole notion of a vaccine, we’re for a vaccine, but we don’t trust him at all, nor do you,” Biden said, speaking on behalf of himself and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris.