Biden: Some minority communities ‘don’t know how to get online’ to register for COVID-19 vaccines
When asked by a Milwaukee nurse how he will address the racial disparities in healthcare concerning COVID vaccines during a CNN Town Hall Tuesday night, President Joe Biden said community health centers in needy cities will be provided with a million doses of vaccinations weekly and he will also be introducing mobile vans that will travel to neighborhoods to provide vaccines to those in need.
Biden then went on to explain that many Hispanic and African-Americans are not able to register for a COVID vaccine because of internet illiteracy issues.
“A lot of people don’t know how to register,” Biden said. “Not everybody in the community, in the Hispanic and the African-American community, particularly in rural areas that are distant and/or inner city districts, know how to get online to determine how to get in line for that COVID vaccination at the Walgreens or at the particular store.”
He continued, saying he will spend 1 billion dollars on public education to help minorities learn how to understand the online process. “I’ve committed to spend a billion dollars on public education to help people figure out how they can get in there,” Biden said.
Later in the evening, Biden falsely stated that there was no COVID vaccine when he took office. “It’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn‘t have when we came into office,” Biden said.
Biden received the second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Jan. 11, over a week before he was sworn into office. That vaccine and others like, Moderna were developed under the Trump administration’s ‘Operation Warp Speed.’
Biden also said it was a “mistake in communication” when White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that schools would be considered “open” if they held in-person classes one day a week.
“That’s not true. There was a mistake in the communication,” Biden told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper when asked about the one-day-per week goal. Moreover, Biden said he would be “close to” meeting his goal of reopening the majority of K-8 schools by the end of April.
“We’ve had a significant percentage of them being able to be open,” he said, adding “My guess is they’re going to be probably pushing to open all summer to continue like it’s a different semester.”
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