President Biden leaned inches from someone’s face to urge them to practice social distancing while promoting the nation’s vaccine progress Tuesday afternoon.
The video shows the president pointing to his mask, leaning toward someone seated and encouraging them to follow the coronavirus guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Keep wearing a mask, wash your hands and distance yourself socially, which I’m not doing,” he jokes, prompting laughter from a group of people off camera.
Biden delivered comments on the nation’s vaccination push from the State Dining Room after visiting a clinic in Alexandria, Virginia.
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He said that more than 554,000 Americans have died from the virus and urged the public to continue to follow CDC health guidelines as the launch of the vaccine accelerates.
“What we do now, we are going to determine how many people we will save or lose in the month of April and May and June, before reaching July 4,” said the president.
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He predicted that the “vast majority of Americans” will receive at least their first vaccination by the end of May.
“Better times are ahead,” he said. “As I said before, we can have a safe and happy 4th of July with your family and friends in small groups in your backyard.”