CBS News aired another excerpt from Norah O’Donnell’s interview with Joe Biden as part of the network’s pre-match coverage of the Super Bowl, and the president was asked if he could go to vaccine manufacturers Moderna and Pfizer and tell them the country desperately needs more production.
“Yeah.” Biden said, “I think, because we did it already.” But the idea that we can do this and that we can reach herd immunity before the end of next year – this summer, is a very difficult one. ”
O’Donnell noted that Dr. Anthony Fauci said it would take 75% of Americans to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. But at the current rate of launch of the vaccine, the United States will not reach this goal for another year or so.
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Biden said that when he took office, the disappointment was that “the circumstances surrounding how the administration handled COVID were worse than we thought.”
Biden said: “The Trump administration, we thought they indicated that there were a lot of vaccines available. It wasn’t the case. That’s why we’ve promoted every possible way.”
CBS News broadcasts excerpts of Biden sitting with O’Donnell throughout the weekend, continuing a tradition in which the network with rights to the Super Bowl every year interviews the President. The first excerpts of the Biden interview were played CBS Evening News On Friday, other parts were shown on Weekend News on CBS And the Face the nation.
Biden also addressed the fraught issue of reopening schools, with O’Donnell noting that about 20 million children have not been in the classroom for nearly a year, with a mental health crisis and women leaving the workforce.
“Is this a national emergency?” O’Donnell Biden asked.
It is a national emergency. It is really a national emergency.
Then I asked him if it was time to reopen schools.
I think it is time to safely reopen schools. Biden said. “You should have fewer people in the classroom. You should have the ventilation systems reworked. Our CDC Commissioner will make a science-based judgment, and I think early Wednesday to set the minimum requirements.”