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Biden Talks School Reopening, Vaccine Availability

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"And it's where I find myself extremely self-conscious for wonderful people who work in the White House". For example, "instead of a classroom of 30 kids in it, you have 3 classes of 10 kids each", he said.

"By the end of third grade, if a child is not at third-grade reading level, they literally drop off", Harris said.

President Biden elaborated about his administration's vaccine plans and the timeline for distribution, he affirmed that Covid-19 vaccines will be widely available to the general public by the end of July.

Biden has said he supports the reconciliation option, opening himself up to questions about how that go-it-alone attitude squares with his vow for bipartisanship and unity.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said earlier in the day that Biden also selected Wisconsin because of the Badger State's reputation as a political melting pot. "Number One, there is some history of Blacks being used as guinea pigs in other experiments over the last 50, 75, or 100 years, so there is concern" about vaccine hesitancy in that population as a result.

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He added, "By the way, all of them have, with one exception, picked up the phone and called me as well".

Biden said that kids in grades K-8 should go back to school, but that it's "harder" to get high schools open without a rehaul of school ventilation systems. "Not everybody in the community, in the Hispanic and the African American community, particularly in rural areas that are distant and/or inner-city districts, know how to use - know how to get online to determine how to get in line for that COVID vaccination at the Walgreen's or at the particular store".

He described much more fondly his time at the vice president's official residence at the Naval Observatory, a compound of 80 acres complete with a swimming pool and a place where he said he could wander the grounds freely.

Asked when he thinks the country will get back to normal, President Biden said he is cautious of predicting a timeline, but pointed to "next Christmas" as a moment where the nation could be under a "very different circumstance", CNN reported. "For the next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people", Biden said while he was asked about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comment that Republican senators who voted to acquit former President Trump were "cowards". "Those things matter and that can save a lot of lives while we're getting to the point of herd immunity".

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