China News Network on March 26 In a roundup, on March 25, local time, US President Joe Biden held his first official press conference since taking office more than 60 days ago, answering hot issues such as the border crisis, gun control and infrastructure plan. Biden opened his press conference with a new goal of 200 million doses in 100 days, as he met his goal ahead of schedule. Biden also defended his immigration policy in the face of the crisis on the southern border, blaming the crisis in part on Trump. Mr Biden also identified infrastructure as his next priority, but avoided the gun control agenda.
People register for the COVID-19 vaccine at the Javits Center on March 9, 2010. The Javits Center in New York, the United States, has been providing round-the-clock vaccination of the COVID-19 vaccine since June 6. China News Service reporter Liao Pan photo
Biden held his first news conference more than 60 days after taking office, much later than his predecessors Donald Trump and Barack Obama. The White House had previously explained that Biden was busy dealing with the serious challenges of COVID-19 in the United States. Biden also opened the news conference by highlighting his administration’s vaccination efforts.
Biden announced a new goal for vaccinations in his first 100 days in office — 200 million doses by April 30. His inaugural goal was to give Americans “100 million doses of vaccine” within 100 days, but the Biden administration has now reached that goal more than 40 days ahead of schedule.
“I know it’s ambitious,” Biden said at the start of a news conference. “It’s double the original goal. But no country in the world is even close to what we are doing. I believe we can do it.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that states have received 130 million doses of vaccine, and 14 percent of the U.S. population has done so. Vaccine manufacturers, meanwhile, are ramping up production. Pfizer, Modena and Johnson & Johnson have pledged to produce enough vaccine doses to vaccinate about 260 million adults by the end of May, echoing Biden’s pledge.
Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States at noon local time on Capitol Hill on January 20.
On the other hand, the Biden administration has recently faced the challenge of a surge in immigration at the U.S. -Mexico border, a topic frequently asked at press conferences. Biden tried to defend his immigration policy and put some of the blame for the border problems on Trump.
Asked if he was sending a message to migrants that they could cross the border, Mr. Biden argued that he would not leave unaccompanied children at the border unattended. “It hasn’t been done by any previous administration except Trump, and I’m not going to do that.” He said.
Biden, on the other hand, blamed Trump for the overloading of border detention and detention facilities. Mr Trump, he said, had “dismantled a system that has been built to deal with longstanding [immigration] problems, and what we’re doing now is trying to rebuild the system so it can deal with what’s going on.”
Police and rescue workers are at the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Colorado, the United States, March 22, 2006.
The recent spate of mass shootings in the United States has drawn attention to gun control. But when asked at a news conference about his gun control agenda, Biden said “it’s just a matter of time,” before shifting the subject to focus on infrastructure, which he said would be his next priority in office.
Biden said he is expected to announce his major infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the 26th local time, saying the plan aims to rebuild “America’s infrastructure and technology so that we can be competitive and create a lot of real good-paying jobs. “
It had been reported that White House advisers were expected to present Mr Biden with a two-part, $3tn jobs and infrastructure proposal as soon as this week.