Biden pledges all US adults will be eligible for vaccines by 1 May in pandemic anniversary address – live

Biden pledges all US adults will be eligible for vaccines by 1 May in pandemic anniversary address – liveMarch 12, 2021

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Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga is set to meet with Joe Biden in April.

This will be the US president’s first in-person meeting with a foreign leader. Until now, Biden has met with world leaders on the phone, or, as he did with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, “hosting” them virtually at the White House.

BREAKING | Japan PM Suga to meet Biden in US in Aprilhttps://t.co/zlZtYRg7af

Joe Biden reflected recently on the last time a Democratic administration had to rescue an economy left in tatters by a Republican president.

“The economists told us we literally saved America from a depression,” Biden told the House Democratic Caucus last week. “But we didn’t adequately explain what we had done. Barack was so modest; he didn’t want to take, as he said, a ‘victory lap’. I kept saying, ‘Tell people what we did.’ He said, ‘We don’t have time. I’m not going to take a victory lap.’ And we paid a price for it, ironically, for that humility.”

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