The president also defended his opposition to removing the Senate obstruction, even though it is being used to block legislation on the Senate. right to vote which he defended.
President Biden said on Wednesday that he expected the Food and Drug Administration to give final approval soon for vaccines againsts coronavirus, because it urged skeptical Americans to get vaccinated and stop a new wave of pandemic.
Addressing an audience in the Ohio City Hall, Mr Biden said he has no say in the decisions of government scientists, but pointed to a potential FDA decision soon to finally approve the vaccines, which are currently licensed for emergency use. Many health professionals lobbied for final approval , saying it could help increase vaccine uptake.
" My expectations in speaking to the group of scientists that we have assembled, more than 20 of them more than others in the field, is that at some point maybe at the beginning of the school year, end ofIn early September, October, they will get final approval "for the vaccine, Biden said.
The president also said he is 'expected children under 12, who are currently not eligible to receive the vaccine, to 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 the clearing the Senate obstruction - which requires 60 votes to pass most important laws - to pass a voting rights bill that he called crucial to democracy, even when Mr Lemon prompted him to explain why he would keep in place the weapon that senators have used for decades to block civil rights legislation.
"He There is no reason to protect it, "said Mr. Biden, " other than you will plunge the whole Congress into chaos and nothing will be done. "
Mr. Biden expressed optimism that Republican and Democratic senators would reach a final deal on a bipartisan infrastructure package next week, which he also said.romis, would allow "absolutely" to 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›
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 doing other things and that there is a shortage of employees, people are looking to earn more money and negotiate, ”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.
While Mr. Biden was flying to the Kentucky airport serving Cincinnati, Senators voted Wednesday on a motion to move forward the bipartisan infrastructure framework, 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 Senator Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat and majority leader, to reserve the droit to schedule another vote next week in hopes of moving the deal forward.
Administration officials have entered into negotiations with Republicans and Democrats in recent days to finalize the deal, including how to pay its expenses in full. Lawmakers indicate on Wednesday that they expect to reach a final deal in a few days.
Asked how long it will take to conclude the Biparty agreement, Mr Biden replied: Monday. "
" I come from a tradition in the Senate, you shake hands, c 'is all. 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 gun violence issues and law enforcement. He said to an intHe argued that the country needed more police, not less. When asked how he reacted to Republicans who portrayed his party as anti-police, he replied: "They lie.
Guest To clarify his administration's position on immigrants attempting to cross the country at the , Biden said he was pushing for asylum seekers to do so at embassies in their own countries. "They shouldn't come " he said.