CINCINNATI, July 21 (Hfrance.fr) - President Joe Biden opened his town hall in a Republican-backed part of Ohio on Wednesday with a call on skeptical Americans to 'They get vaccinated, sos that the increase in COVID-19 cases threatens to undermine the country's economic rebound after the pandemic.
"Look, this is very simple. We have a pandemic for those who have not been vaccinated. It 's so basic, so simple. Ten thousand people have recently died. Nine thousand nine hundred and fifty of them, or so, are people who had not been vaccinated "said Biden.
White House officials said the event, in a part of Cincinnati which voted strongly for former Republican President Donald Trump last November, would have given Biden, a Democrat, a chance to reflect on his first six months in office and directly call on Americans to get vaccinated.
Biden Town Hall, broadcast on CNN, marks third visit to state as COVID-19 cases rise amid variant deadIt, and White House vaccination efforts have stalled amid waves of disinformation and skepticism.
Pent-up demand combined with challenges on the supply side pushed up prices for consumer goods, raising concerns about inflation. The fate of a an agreement of '$ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure , one of the president ' s top priorities, is also uncertain in Congress where Democrats hold small majorities.
The Cincinnati event gives Biden, sometimes criticized for his wooden speech when reading a teleprompter 's remarks, a chance to talk directly to Americans about his economic proposals and try to persuade the unvaccinated to get vaccinated.
He mand will highlight its plans to replace aging and dangerous infrastructure, a topic that resonates strongly in Cincinnati, where the Brent Spence Bridge is often closed to traffic.
Biden expressed optimism over congressional decision to move with bipartisan infrastructure package during shutdown at union training center in Cincinnati before the town hall.
"Yes, we will, " Biden said when asked if he would get a deal on infrastructure. Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Jarrett Renshaw; Edited by Heather Timmons and Peter Cooney
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