The president also defended his opposition to removing the Senate obstruction, even though it is being used to block the voting rights legislation he has defended.
President Biden said on Wednesday that he expected the Food and Drug Administration gives final approval quickly for coronavirus vaccines as it rushed themAmericans skeptical of getting vaccinated and stopping a new wave of pandemic.
Speaking to an Ohio City Hall audience, Mr Biden said he does not interfere in the decisions of government scientists, but pointed to a potential upcoming FDA decision to definitively approve the vaccines, which are currently cleared for use in the world. 'emergency. Many health professionals pushed for final approval , saying it could help increase vaccine uptake.
" My expectations in speaking to the group of scientists that we bring together, more than 20 of them plus more in the field, is that at some point maybe at the start of the school year, end of August, beginning of September, October, iThey will get final vaccine approval, Mr Biden said.
The president also said he expected children under 12-year-olds, who are not currently eligible to receive the vaccine, be allowed to receive the vaccine. in an emergency "soon, I believe.
In an hour-long discussion with a largely sympathetic crowd and moderator, CNN 's Don Lemon, at Mount St. Joseph University, Mr. Biden answered questions on the economy, gun violence, the opioid crisis, immigration, the virtues of bipartisan compromise, pandemic and online vaccine misinformation. In typical Biden fashion, he frequently turned to personal stories and punctuated responses with "I'm serious," and sometimes didn't give direct answers in the process.
Mr. Biden defended his opposition to removing Senate obstruction - which requires 60 votes for push through most of the important laws - to pass a voting rights bill he called crucial to democracy, even when Mr Lemon pushed him to explain why he would keep a weapon in place that Senators have used for decades to block civil rights legislation.
"There is no reason to protect it," said Mr. Biden, “other than you” is going to plunge the whole Congress into chaos and nothing will be done. ”
Mr. Biden expressed his optimism about the fact that Republican and Democratic senators would reach a final deal on a bipartisan infrastructure package next week, which he also pledged would "absolutely "replace the Brent Spence Bridge between Kentucky and Ohio.
He acknowledged concerns about rising inflation in the economy, but predicted that the price spikes would be temporary, and he cited analysis from Moody 's economists who said this week that Mr. Biden's ongoing spending plans - including trillions for child care, education , poverty alleviation efforts and more - would curb inflation in the years to come.
"We will provide good opportunities and good jobs to the people who, in effect, are going to reinvest that money back into whatever we're talking about, "Mr Biden said. " Lower prices, not raise them. " Biden diary › Policy updates
The president did not give a direct response to the owner of a restaurant chain who said he was struggling to hire workers as the economy recovered.
Mr. Biden said it was good that workers had the opportunity to search for new and better jobs, and that companies had to compete with each other to hire them. He said he had seen "no evidence " that the increase in unemployment benefits, which was included in the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package he signed in March, dissuaded workers - but even if they were, he said, benefits should end soon.
"I think it 's really a question of people now deciding that they have the option of doinge other things and there is a shortage of employees, people are looking to make more money and bargain, ”Mr. Biden told the restaurant owner. “So I think your business and tourism are really going to be at an impasse for a little while.
As Mr. Biden flew to Kentucky from the airport serving Cincinnati, senators on Wednesday voted on a motion to advance the bipartisan framework infrastructure, which is yet to be finalized nearly a month after Mr Biden and centrist lawmakers unveiled it at the White House. The vote failed, leaving New York Democrat and Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer to reserve the right to schedule another vote next week in hopes of moving the deal forward.
Administration officials have entered into negotiations with Republicans and Democratsover the past few days to finalize the deal, including how to pay expenses in full. Lawmakers said on Wednesday that they expect to reach a final deal in a few days.
Asked how long it will take to close the deal bipartisan, Mr Biden replied, "Until Monday. "
" I come from a tradition in the Senate, you shake hands, that's it. You keep your word, ”Biden said. He predicted the Republicans would. "I think it will be done.
But Mr. Biden was less concerned with his Republican counterparts when it comes to issues of gun violence and law enforcement. He told an interviewer that the country needs more police, not less. When asked how he reacted to Republicans who portrayed his party as anti-police, he replied, "They are lying ". tenso many cross the country at the , Mr Biden said he was pushing for asylum seekers to do so at embassies in their own countries. "They shouldn't come " he said.