The president has now concluded his speech on the distribution of coronavirus vaccines. Here’s where the day stands so far:
- Joe Biden announced the US has administered 200m vaccine doses since he took office, fulfilling a promise the president made to the American people. As of Monday, all American adults are eligible to receive a vaccine. “To put it simply, if you’ve been waiting for your turn, wait no longer,” Biden said.
- Biden also announced a new federal program providing US workers with paid time off when they get vaccinated. The program is meant to encourage all American adults to get vaccinated, now that the vaccines are more widely available. “No working American should lose a single dollar from their paycheck because they chose to fulfill their patriotic duty of getting vaccinated,” the president said.
- The justice department announced an investigation into the Minneapolis police department, a day after a jury found former officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd. The attorney general, Merrick Garland, said the justice department will investigate “potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis”.
The blog will have more coming up, so stay tuned.