President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden encouraged Americans to get their COVID-19 vaccines as part of their Easter Sunday message.
“We share the sentiments of Pope Francis, who has said that vaccination is a moral obligation, one that can save your life and the lives of others,” the president said in a video message on Twitter. “Getting vaccinated and encouraging your municipalities and communities to get vaccinated will not only help us beat this virus, but also help us rush the day we can celebrate the holidays together.”
By Friday, 40 percent of American adults had received at least their first shot of one of the COVID-19 vaccines and exceeded 100 million doses, which was Biden’s original vaccination goal. He has since moved it to 200 million doses in his first 100 days in the office.
First lady Jill Biden (left) and President Joe Biden (right) used their Easter message to urge Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19
First lady Jill Biden (right) leaves the White House with President Joe Biden (left) as the first couple traveled to Camp David for Easter weekend
Donald Trump at the White House during Easter 2019 (left) and the statement he issued on Easter Sunday 2021 (right)
President Joe Biden will hold an Easter theme Monday, the day traditionally reserved for the White House Easter Egg Roll. The White House canceled the role this year, but still sold eggs – with mask-wearing rabbits and first dogs, Major and Champ
In his message, Biden, the country’s second Catholic president, called Easter the “ most holy day ” and quoted the Bible.
The message was very different in tone from what former President Donald Trump announced on Sunday through his Save America PAC.
“Happy Easter to ALL, including the radical left CRAZIES who rigged our presidential elections and want to destroy our country!” Trump wrote.
There is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud.
Biden began his message by telling Americans that he was aware that “many are still going off season without familiar comforts.”
“The virus has not gone away and many of us still feel the longing and loneliness from a distance,” the president said. “For a second year, most will be separated from their families, their friends, entire congregations that fill us with joy.”
“And yet, as the gospel of John reminds us, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” the president continued.
The first lady reminded the American public, “The traditions of the Holy Week take us on a journey from sorrow to redemption.”
Like the Easter story, she suggested that things look up.
“As spring returns, we see hope all around us,” said Dr. Biden.
“Families are getting the financial help they need to catch their breath,” said the first lady. “More and more Americans are getting life-saving vaccines.”
While the Bidens encouraged Americans to seek out their shots from Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned of a “troubling wave” of COVID-19 cases, with more than 60,000 new cases on Saturday alone.
“This won’t last forever,” Fauci said.
“Double up, hang around there a little longer, and the vaccinations of people in this country will wipe out the wave of the virus. The vaccine will win, ‘Fauci said, adding that it’ won’t be easy. ‘
The first family spent the Easter weekend at Camp David – so the president didn’t attend a public church service like he did on Sundays in Wilmington and Washington DC.
In lieu of the traditional Easter Egg Roll at the White House on Monday, the president is expected to deliver an Easter-themed speech.
The Easter Egg Roll was canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the White House sold Easter eggs with masked bunnies and first dogs, Champ and Major Biden.