ALMOST a week removed from his first joint session of Congress, President Joe Biden will deliver remarks about the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccinations.
Biden's remarks will come at a time when the pace of vaccinations nationwide has slowed down, even though every American adult is now eligible for the jab.
Biden is expected to deliver remarks about the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations on Tuesday, May 4 at 2:30pm.
The president's planned speech from the State Dining Room of the White House comes during a week when he has otherwise been heavily focused on pushing major spending plans pending in Congress.
During an appearance on May 3, he defended his proposals to increase taxes on corporations and the wealthy to pay for his plans.
According to reports, Biden is expected to announce the authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for adolescents as young as 12-years-old, as approved by the Federal Drug Administration.
The move will allow many American middle and high school students to be vaccinated against Covid-19 well before the start of the next school year.
Pfizer claims their jab is "100% efficacy" in children as young as 12-years-old with side effects similar to those that have occurred in young adults.
The New York Times first reported the FDA's plans to expand Pfizer's vaccine authorization to adolescents.
Pfizer would be the first Covid vaccine authorized for adolescents in the US.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will still also need to revise its recommendations for using Pfizer's shot before most providers can begin administering first doses to adolescents.
Opening Pfizer's shots to adolescents could provide a surge in demand for the national vaccine campaign that has begun to slow in recent weeks.
According to the CDC's Covid-19 Vaccine Data Tracker, about 44 percent of the population in the US have received their first dose against the virus.
About 32 percent of the population are fully vaccinated, the CDC reports.
Over 246million doses have been administered across the nation.
The state of California has currently administered more than 31million doses of the Covid jab.
Texas is second with more than 19million doses administered to their residents, followed by New York with just over 16million.
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- Katie Davis
TRUMP BLASTS BIDEN AS 'MOST RADICAL' PRESIDENT
Donald Trump has blasted Joe Biden as one of the "most extreme and radical" presidents in history while mocking him for wearing a mask on Zoom last month.
The former US president ripped into Biden while headlining the Susan B Anthony List's Pro-Life Leaders Summit in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday night.
While the event was closed to the public, journalist and Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway summarized Trump's remarks in a thread on Twitter.
During his address, Trump reprised a number of his favorite insults for Biden, targeting his mental acuity, while calling him "one of the most extreme and radical presidents we've had," Hemingway reported.
The former reality TV star reportedly jokes that Biden "wasn't doing great academically, even when he was in his prime."
- Katie Davis
JOE & JILL BIDEN MOCKED FOR LOOKING LIKE 'GIANTS' IN SNAP WITH CARTER
Joe and Jill Biden were mocked for looking like "giants" next to former president Jimmy Carter and his wife.
On Sunday, the Carter Center released the oddly-angled photo of the two presidents and the two first ladies taken last Thursday at the Carters' home in Plains, Georgia.
The center captioned the Twitter picture: "We’re pleased to share this wonderful photo from the @POTUS and @FLOTUS visit to see the Carters in Plains, Ga.! Thank you President and Mrs. Biden!"
The former president, 96, and his wife Rosalyn Carter, 93, were snapped without their masks as they posed next to the Bidens.
Biden dwarfed the former first lady as he kneeled town next to her chair, while Jill also appeared to be significantly bigger than Carter as she holds his hand.
- Katie Davis
WHEN WILL JOE BIDEN SPEAK?
The President is set to speak at about 2.30pm ET.
Joe Biden will speak about the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations.
He will make his remarks from the State Dining Room of the White House
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