In a video posted on his Twitter account, the President said: “We agree with Pope Francis. Pope Francis said that vaccination is a moral obligation that can save your life and the lives of others.” Encourage your congregation and community to get vaccinated. Not only can we defeat this virus, but it can also speed up the days when we celebrate the holidays together.”
The first lady said, “There is hope all around us” and mentioned that families receiving financial help, businesses are recovering and the number of Americans receiving vaccinations against the virus has increased.
Biden’s message is that health officials are starting to vaccinate as many Americans as possible due to fears of a potential fourth coronavirus infection. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Saturday that it was reported that more than 4 million doses of coronavirus vaccine were administered within 24 hours, setting a new record, bringing an average of more than 3 million doses per day for 7 days.
According to data released by the agency on Sunday, about 165 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been vaccinated nationwide. Approximately 32% of the population (106 million people) have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 18.5% of the population (approximately 61 million people) have been fully vaccinated. The data released by the CDC may be delayed and the dose may not be given on the day of the report.
Biden is the second Catholic president in American history. It is expected that “Mass” will be a fixed part of his schedule every week. This is the level of devotion to regular religious service, which recent presidents do not possess. They all profess to be Christians, but participate in churches or worship in private during their tenure.
The President was on holiday at Camp David with his family, and he expressed sympathy for families across the country who did not celebrate together due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden said: “The virus has not disappeared. Many of us still feel the longing for distance and loneliness.” “The next year, most people will be separated from their families, friends, and the whole congregation, which makes us full of joy. However, just as As the Gospel of John reminds us, the darkness shines with light, and the darkness does not overcome it.”
Vice President Kamala Harris (Kamala Harris) also released a video wishing the country a happy Easter, saying “There is always hope”.
Harris said: “Today, we are celebrating hope and our belief in renewal. I hope that the number of people vaccinated now is now safer from this virus.” “Hope the children who are back to school for the first time in the year. I hope the grandparents of their grandchildren can hug their grandchildren for the first time in a year. I hope all of us have a better tomorrow.”
She added that next year, both Biden and the first lady are looking forward to starting the White House’s annual Easter egg roll, which has been cancelled again due to the pandemic.
This story has been updated.
CNN’s Chandelis Duster, Madeline Holcombe, Ray Sanchez and Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.